One application for systems thinking is health system improvement and development. Read about the topic here!
Systems Thinking for Capacity in Health (ST4C Health) is a group of health professionals, students, and concerned citizens dedicated to the strengthening of health systems in low income countries around the globe. We strongly believe that systems thinking – a novel way of thinking about and approaching health – is a new frontier with significant potential for strengthening health systems and building capacity.
Systems thinking is a transformational way of thinking about and approaching health. In the past we have witnessed tremendous successes in global health – such as the eradication of smallpox and the treatment of diarrhea with oral rehydration solutions – by considering one aspect of health in isolation, whether it be a specific patient, disease, project, or policy. However, the real world is very complex, and our fragmented approach has too often resulted in unintended consequences such as dependency, inefficiencies, and inequities.
Systems thinking is based on…
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