Local capacities and health: The importance of transportation, communication, market sophistication, and skillful labor

Ala Pazirandeh, Behnaz Pirzamanbein

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Research suggests that access to transport, communication, market, and social infrastructure
is important for provision of health. Humanitarian organizations - realizing the importance of building
local capacities - are allocating noticeable time and resources on the process. But, studies testing this
relationship are scant. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relation between transportation,
communication, market, and labor capacity, as indicators of countries' local capacity on their health
level in terms of disease burdens, life expectancy, and infant mortality. The findings assist global health
policy makers to have a clear view of the effect of local infrastructure on health. The paper addresses a
gap of empirical research in the impact of local infrastructure capacities on health levels.
A conceptual model was developed supported by previous literature. Structural equation modeling
was used to quantitatively test the relationship between local capacities and the level of health in
countries. To measure the constructs secondary data was used from the World Economic Forum (WEF)
database used to rank the global competitiveness of 139 countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
EditorsTrond Hammervoll Hammervoll, Nils Magne Larsen
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2011
Event23rd annual NOFOMA conference, 2011 - Harstad, Norway
Duration: 2011 Jun 92011 Jun 10
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd annual NOFOMA conference, 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Transport Systems and Logistics


  • Capacity Building
  • Development Studies
  • Global Health
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Infrastructure
  • Structural equation Modeling


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