Annotated bibliography: Social power, participation and accountability in health

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Literature reviews and reading lists
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Training and Research Support Centre, Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET)
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This annotated bibliography was prepared as a resource for people working on different dimensions of social power, social participation and social accountability in health. A universal health system values and ensures the right to health care, entitling all citizens in a country to access the same range of services according to their need and pay for these services according to their income. Achieving this calls for more than technical solutions. It demands public leadership and people’s power to assert social needs and interests , to influence the allocation of societal resources towards health needs and to challenge the distribution of power and resources that block this. Social power, participation and accountability are thus central concepts in building people centred health systems.