Handbook of Social Policy and Development
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Handbook of Social Policy and Development

Edited by James Midgley, Rebecca Surender and Laura Alfers

The Handbook of Social Policy and Development makes a groundbreaking, coherent case for enhancing collaboration between social policy and development. With wide ranging chapters, it discusses a myriad of ways in which this can be done, exploring both academic and practical activities. As the conventional distinction between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries becomes increasingly blurred, this Handbook explores how collaboration between social policy and development is needed to meet global social needs.
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Chapter 15: Health and development

Amrit Virk


This chapter presents an overview of health and health care systems in low and middle income countries (LMICs), their structures, key debates and issues, as well as ongoing efforts to universalize health coverage. It provides a contextual description of the disease and human development profiles of LMICs, and traces the history and evolution of their health care systems. The chapter also reflects on the correlations between health and development, highlighting their reciprocal relationship. Amid current efforts to universalize health coverage in LMICs, the chapter delineates current challenges and future pathways for sustaining health care reforms.

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