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More Doctors Programme and the strengthening of Primary Health Care in Brazil: Reflections from the monitoring and evaluation of the More Doctors Cooperation Project

Universal Health Coverage has been a challenge for the majority of the world’s health systems. Efforts to strengthen systems through universal coverage with the aim of improving living conditions and access to health services are optimized when this is based on quality Primary Health Care (PHC). A national policy has been being developed in Brazil since 2013 aimed at strengthening human resources for PHC. This policy is called the More Doctors Programme and is considered to be an important investment for PHC development in Brazil’s Unified Health System. The purpose of this article is to present the main results of the More Doctors Programme monitoring and evaluation actions undertaken by Pan American Health Organization. The More Doctors Programme has the potential to strengthen PHC in Brazil. It contributes to service improvement, puts PHC at the heart of the discussion on public policies, increases the interest of the scientific community in evaluating high-investment public policies, in addition to providing satisfactory responses to the population’s health needs and thus contributing to service user satisfaction.


Joaquín Molina, Renato Tasca, Julio Suárez, Elisandréa Sguario Kemper

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