Case Study – Solomon Islands

Case Study – Solomon Islands

Authors: Ian Anderson, Katherine Gilbert

Solomon Islands is a small (population around 650,000) lower-middle income country in the Pacific. It is an interesting case study for “why when and how” countries learn from each other for three reasons. First, this is a country that has pursued broader, equity focused, system wide reforms at various stages in its volatile economic history. Second, it is a recent post-conflict country. Third, it shares similar public policy and health challenges to other countries in the Pacific including high levels of dependence on government (and donor) financing and a pronounced double burden of communicable and RMNCH challenges alongside the rapid rise of NCDs.

We chose to focus on the “Role Delineation Policy (RDP)” – a tool for better defining the range and level of services and packages of care to be delivered to given populations across Solomon Islands, including especially in rural areas – as the unit of analysis.