Walter G. Flores

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Editorials 2 European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs recently pointed out the need for " updated and modernised [Millennium Development Goals], providing decent living standards for all – a set of minimum floors below which no one should fall ". 1 He added that " these 'MDGs plus' would provide the basic rights that every citizen on the planet(More)
The Benchmarks of Fairness instrument is an evidence-based policy tool developed in generic form in 2000 for evaluating the effects of health-system reforms on equity, efficiency and accountability. By integrating measures of these effects on the central goal of fairness, the approach fills a gap that has hampered reform efforts for more than two decades.(More)
Social participation has been understood in many different ways, and there are even typologies classifying participation by the degree of a population's control in decision making. Participation can vary from a symbolic act, which does not involve decision making, to processes in which it constitutes the principal tool for redistributing power within a(More)
INTRODUCTION The United Nations presented a set of Millennium Development Goals that aimed to improve social and economic development and eradicate poverty by 2015. Most low and middle-income countries will not meet these goals and today there is a need to set new development agenda, especially when it comes to health. The paper presents the findings from a(More)
BACKGROUND Health inequalities disproportionally affect indigenous people in Guatemala. Previous studies have noted that the disadvantageous situation of indigenous people is the result of complex and structural elements such as social exclusion, racism and discrimination. These elements need to be addressed in order to tackle the social determinants of(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to implement a rapid assessment of the performance of four malaria control strategies (indoor spraying, insecticide-treated bed nets, timely diagnosis, and artemisinin-based combination therapy) using adequacy criteria. The assessment was carried out in five countries of the Amazon subregion (Bolivia, Colombia,(More)
The 400 million indigenous people worldwide represent a wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as traditional knowledge and sustainable practices that are invaluable resources for human development. However, indigenous people remain on the margins of society in high, middle and low-income countries, and they bear a disproportionate burden of(More)
DK and JVL have been engaged in establishing a new society for health systems research (Health Systems Global) since its idea phase, over a year ago. MPK has actively participated in the discussions leading to the translation of this concept into reality. This paper outlines some of the thinking that has gone into the initial interim design of the society(More)