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Capacity building: for what? Volume 11 Issue 3

Penelope Hawe

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 11(3) 22 - 24 Published: 2000

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Penelope Hawe


The words ‘capacity building’ have spread rapidly throughout the health system, almost like a virus. But what exactly does capacity building mean? How did the term originate? What difference will or should capacity building make to the business of running health services?