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Volume 16 Supplement 7

Unlocking community capabilities across health systems across low and middle income countries


Publication of this supplement was funded by Future Health Systems Consortium. The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. The Supplement Editors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Edited by Asha S. George, Kerry Scott, Eric Sarriot, Barun Kanjilal and David H. Peters.

  1. Community capability is the combined influence of a community’s social systems and collective resources that can address community problems and broaden community opportunities. We frame it as consisting of thr...

    Authors: Asha S. George, Kerry Scott, Vrinda Mehra and Veena Sriram
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16(Suppl 7):623
  2. While community capabilities are recognized as important factors in developing resilient health systems and communities, appropriate metrics for these have not yet been developed. Furthermore, the role of comm...

    Authors: Ligia Paina, Lalitha Vadrevu, S. M. Manzoor Ahmed Hanifi, Joseph Akuze, Rachel Rieder, Kitty S. Chan and David H. Peters
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16(Suppl 7):621
  3. Membership in community groups and a sense of community cohesion may facilitate collective action in mobilizing resources towards better health outcomes. This paper explores the relationship of these factors, ...

    Authors: Debjani Barman and Lalitha Vadrevu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16(Suppl 7):622
  4. The Chinese tradition of filial piety, which prioritized family-based care for the elderly, is transitioning and elders can no longer necessarily rely on their children. The purpose of this study was to identi...

    Authors: Tianyang Liu, Xiaoning Hao and Zhenzhong Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16(Suppl 7):626
  5. Community capacities and resources must be harnessed to complement supply side initiatives addressing high maternal and neonatal mortality rates in Uganda. This paper reflects on gains, challenges and lessons ...

    Authors: Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Gertrude Namazzi, Moses Tetui, Aloysius Mutebi, Peter Waiswa, Htet Oo, David H. Peters and Asha S. George
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16(Suppl 7):638
  6. People’s participation in health, enshrined in the 1978 Alma Ata declaration, seeks to tap into community capability for better health and empowerment. One mechanism to promote participation in health is throu...

    Authors: Abbas Bhuiya, Syed Manzoor Ahmed Hanifi and Shahidul Hoque
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16(Suppl 7):624
  7. The Indian Sundarbans is marked by inhospitable terrain and frequent climatic shocks which jointly hinder access to health care. Community members, and women in particular, have few means to communicate their ...

    Authors: Upasona Ghosh, Shibaji Bose, Rittika Bramhachari and Sabyasachi Mandal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16(Suppl 7):625