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Accountability in Health

Accountability in Health

Strong and independent citizens’ groups play an instrumental role in ensuring that government, health care institutions, and health programs are held accountable to the communities they are designed to serve. The Open Society Foundations work to ensure that civil society groups have the information, skills, and capacity to hold governments accountable for their actions.

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Yes, Strengthen the Health System—But Strengthen It for All  

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