Providing Technical Assistance to Ministries of Health: Lessons Learned over 30 Years

Journal Article
  • Steven Solter
  • Catherine Solter
Global Health: Science and Practice
2013; 1(3): 302-7. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-13-00121.

Drawing on their experience in a range of developing countries, including 20 years of long-term experience in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Steve and Cathy Solter identify 10 important lessons about assisting ministries of health Pursuing true country ownership for effective programs requires a long-term approach involving persistence, patience, keen understanding of counterparts’ perspective, deference, building of trust, focus on priorities, technical competence, and sustained optimism.