The Magic Pudding; Comment on “Four Challenges That Global Health Networks Face”

Document Type : Commentary


Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia


This commentary reflects on the contribution of this editorial and its “Three Challenges That Global Health Networks Face” to the totality of the framework developed over the past decade by Shiffman and his collaborators. It reviews the earlier works to demonstrate that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts in providing a package of tools for analysis of network effectiveness.
Additionally the assertion is made that the framework can be utilised in reverse to form a map for action planning for network activity around a potential health policy issue


Main Subjects

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