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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 89-98

Applicability of the world health organization's healthcare system framework: A consensus development study in Libya

1 Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Health Science, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE
2 Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford, UK
3 Department of Statistics, College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, UAE
4 Neurology Department, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, UK
5 Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada
6 Faculty of Medicine, Tripoli University, Libya
7 n National Organ Transplant Program, Tripoli, Libya
8 Department of Orthopedics, Tripoli Medical Center, Libya
9 Department of Biology, College of Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
10 Ministry of Health, Government of Libya, Tripoli, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Elhadi H Aburawi
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Health Science, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210229

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Introduction: The World Health Organization (WHO) Health Systems Framework (HSF) with its 6 building blocks is a widely accepted tool for accurate evaluation of health systems. However, its role in the developing world has not been widely assessed yet. Methods: Six Questionnaires with 5-point Likert-scale were designed and distributed to all the attendees of Libya Health 500 (LH500) Conference, and collected just before the group discussion of Libyan health system's session. Results: There were high levels of agreement of the respondents to the questionnaires items about the 6 building blocks. The application of evidencebased medicine and equal provision of health service to all, received the highest levels of agreement. Most of the attendees agreed that health services should be paid by the health insurance system, as it has many advantages, including the peace of mind for the public. The fairness and efficiency of the workforce and the establishment of regulatory mechanisms to address the needs of the health workforce had a high level of agreement. Moreover, a functioning health technology requires an effective supply and distribution system of technology elements. The participants agreed that health information technology is important to improve healthcare services and to prevent financial and administrative corruptions. Conclusion: It is feasible to adapt the WHO-HSF to identify the needs and ways to enhance health systems in the developing world. The Libyan healthcare providers were fully aware and committed to the need for the applicability of the WHOHSF to the National Health Service in Libya.

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