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Toward a Consensus on Guiding Principles for Health Systems Strengthening

  • Robert C. Swanson mail,

    ghsias@gmail.com

    Affiliation: Department of Health Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States of America

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  • Annette Bongiovanni,

    Affiliation: The QED Group LLC, Washington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Elizabeth Bradley,

    Affiliation: Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Varnee Murugan,

    Affiliation: Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Jesper Sundewall,

    Affiliation: Division of Global Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Arvind Betigeri,

    Affiliation: Health Systems Action Network, New Delhi, India

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  • Frank Nyonator,

    Affiliation: Ministry of Health, Accra, Ghana

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  • Adriano Cattaneo,

    Affiliation: Institute for Maternal and Child Health, Trieste, Italy

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  • Brandi Harless,

    Affiliation: EntrePaducah, Paducah, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Andrey Ostrovsky,

    Affiliation: Health Systems Action Network, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Ronald Labonté

    Affiliation: Institute of Population and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • Published: December 21, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000385

About the Authors

Robert C. Swanson
Department of Health Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States of America
Annette Bongiovanni
The QED Group LLC, Washington, D.C., United States of America
Elizabeth Bradley, Varnee Murugan
Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Jesper Sundewall
Division of Global Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Arvind Betigeri
Health Systems Action Network, New Delhi, India
Frank Nyonator
Ministry of Health, Accra, Ghana
Adriano Cattaneo
Institute for Maternal and Child Health, Trieste, Italy
Brandi Harless
EntrePaducah, Paducah, Kentucky, United States of America
Andrey Ostrovsky
Health Systems Action Network, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Ronald Labonté
Institute of Population and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Corresponding Author

Email: ghsias@gmail.com

Competing Interests

RCS received US$1000 from the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for partially funding one of the attended conferences. He also shared a room for one night while attending a different conference with a colleague that was paid for by the NGO Food for the Hungry.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: RCS AB EB VM JS AB FN AC BH AO RL. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: RCS AB EB VM JS AB FN AC BH AO RL. Designed the experiments/the study: RCS VM. Analyzed the data: RCS AB VM BH AO. Collected data/did experiments for the study: RCS VM AO. Wrote the first draft of the paper: RCS. Contributed to the writing of the paper: RCS AB EB VM JS AB FN AC AO RL. Reviewed the 11 key documents, discussed the contents of the manuscript during the various drafting phases: AB.