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Sante Publique. 2003 Apr;15 Spec No:137-45.

[World Health Organization strategies "Towards Unity for Health" and the social responsibility of medical schools].

[Article in French]

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Programme de l'OMS des ressources humaines pour la santé, 74140 Sciez-sur-Léman, France.


One may wonder why multiple endeavours conducted worldwide over the last five decades to reform health systems have not achieved their expected outcomes. In light of increasing fragmentation, the current health system must be substituted by a true systems vision along with political will to create a unity of action between the five main stakeholders, namely: policy-makers, health care service managers, professionals and professional associations, academic institutions including medical schools, and civil society. Such synergy can only be established if the partners share the same commitment to core values such as quality, equity, relevance and cost-effectiveness in the health care field. Through its functions of providing education, training, research, and services, the medical school has the potential to induce reflection and stimulate action leading to a more coherent, effective, and equitable health system and policies.

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