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Increasing the role of research


Low- and middle-income countries face obstacles to evidence-informed decision-making, including lack of data and evidence; chronic lack of resources; complex health systems; insufficient communication between researchers and policy-makers; and limited technical capacity.


Health care financing is once again prominent on the global health policy agenda. The current focus on reducing poverty, as reflected in the Millennium Development Goals, has spurred a growing emphasis on the need for health care financing mechanisms that protect already poor populations from impoverishing effects of health care costs.