World Health & Population

World Health & Population 17(3) September 2017 : 31-42.doi:10.12927/whp.2017.25307
Citizen Engagement

There Is Much to Learn When You Listen: Exploring Citizen Engagement in High- and Low-Income Countries

Moriah E. Ellen, Ruth Shach, Maryse C. Kok and Katherine Fatta

Abstract

The need for engaging citizens in healthcare policy making is critical, and different approaches are gaining traction internationally. However, citizen engagement seems more difficult to implement in low- and middle-income countries because of political, practical and cultural reasons. Despite this, countries such as India, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Egypt have initiated community engagement initiatives, which are contextually unique, and can be used as examples to learn from for the future. Overall, community voices need to play a bigger role in forming policy; they hold the key to improve health and forward growth. Evidence needs to move out of communities and districts through broader communication and knowledge translation avenues to influence and shape national and global level policies and strategies. 

 

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