Integrated Health Care System: Meeting Global Health Care Needs in the 21st Century

Quansah, Nat
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
The Integrated Health Care System is presented as an appropriate system capable of helping meet global health care needs in a satisfactory manner. It is a system that consciously targets and harnesses peoples’ links with biodiversity for health reasons. It is an integrative and positive tool blending health, economic, and biological and cultural diversity conservation needs of people and their area, all at the same time. Results from a study of health care conducted from 1993 through 1997 at the ‘Clinique de Manongarivo’, a pilot rural health center in northwest Madagascar practicing the Integrated Health Care System approach, are used as evidence of the viability of this system. In conclusion a call is made for re-thinking and re-acting of health policies to implement the system in other countries.
ethnobotany, health services, rural health care, rural health clinics, biodiversity, Madagascar, traditional medicine, health policy, medicine, human resources, multicultural diversity, sustainable development, case studies, medicinal plants
Quansah N. 2005. Integrated health care system: meeting global health care needs in the 21st century. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 3:67-72.
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