Typologie et performances des hôpitaux de premier recours en Afrique sub-Saharienne

W van Lerberghe, H Van Balen, G Kegels

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'Typology and performance of first-referral hospitals in sub-saharan Africa': This descriptive study provides a typology of first referral level hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa. Data are provided on 88 mainly non-governmental hospitals in 25 African countries. They were obtained through a mail survey. The first aspect discussed is the place of the hospital within the spatial organization of the health care district: population served and other health units. This makes it possible to classify the hospitals in three groups. The analysis of the role of the hospital in the management of the district and the support of the peripheral network is based on information about the formal relations of authority, the participation of the hospital in training and supervision, in provision of drugs and in the financial management of the district. This is followed by a description of the human and other resources available in the hospitals, the type and organization of care provided, as well as the performances in terms of outpatient care, inpatient care and technical interventions. Finally, the available information on expenditure and sources of financing is presented
Original languageFrench
JournalAnnales de la Société Belge de Médecine Tropicale
Issue numberSuppl.2
Pages (from-to)1-51
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • B780-tropical-medicine
  • Hospitals
  • District
  • Health care
  • Surveys
  • Africa

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