From a declaration of values to the creation of value in global health: a report from Harvard University's Global Health Delivery Project

Glob Public Health. 2010;5(2):181-8. doi: 10.1080/17441690903418993.


To make best use of the new dollars available for the treatment of disease in resource-poor settings, global health practice requires a strategic approach that emphasises value for patients. Practitioners and global health academics should seek to identify and elaborate the set of factors that drives value for patients through the detailed study of actual care delivery organisations in multiple settings. Several frameworks can facilitate this study, including the care delivery value chain. We report on our efforts to catalyse the study of health care delivery in resource-limited settings in the hope that this inquiry will lead to insights that can improve the health of the neediest worldwide.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Global Health
  • Health Resources / organization & administration
  • Health Resources / supply & distribution
  • Humans
  • Social Values*
  • Universities*