Health scorecard a model for third world

A PIONEERING "balanced scorecard" measure of the national health system has proved a success in Afghanistan, a study suggests.

While the score-card system was originally developed for industry, it has been integrated into developed country health systems, such as in Italy, and may hold promise for fragile countries emerging from conflict, experts say.

In the case of Afghanistan, the scorecard, based on 29 key performance indicators, showed across the board improvement, including patient, provider and community satisfaction with services, and achieving "pro-poor" and "pro-female" health services.