Local Health Councils
The Local Health Councils are bodies that promote the participation of institutions, organizations and citizens in municipal public health management. In order to decentralize the health service in Paraguay, Law No. 1032 of 1996 established the creation of councils, thereby delegating competencies and resources to the local level. In this way, the Councils have the capacity to develop and administer health programs according to local needs. The Councils are made up of representatives of various organizations, and those not included can apply to join the Council as long as they demonstrate a connection between their activities and the health sector.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- embedded in the constitution/legislation
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- citizens civil society private stakeholders
- democratic innovation yields a binding decision