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Erratum to: ‘Setting performance-based financing in the health sector agenda: a case study in Cameroon’

The Original Article was published on 01 August 2017


After publication of the article [1], it has been brought to our attention that the analytical categories used in the first part of the discussion section, developed by Lara Gautier [2], was not cited. Furthermore, work of Barnes et al. [3] is now cited in the paragraph related to the PBF policy.

The authors would like to update the following paragraphs to refer to her work [2].

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    We should note that apart from Rwanda, many other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa like Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia were implementing or adopting PBF approach, and were seen as “flagship countries” [2] or innovators in such reforms.

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    In other words, transnational advocates positioned the PBF policy as a “South-South learning” [3] process open to all countries willing to embark on it.

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    Our findings show that this global player generated the interest of national health officials and shaped the degree to which performance-based financing emerged on the national policy agenda through numerous forms of influence, each identified in previous research on agenda setting [4,5,6,7,8,9] and have been conceptualized by Gautier [2].

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    The first form of influence was financial [2].

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    The second form of influence refers to ideation [2].

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    Finally, the officials from the World Bank relied on “network- [2] and “knowledge-based [2] forms of influence [9].


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    Sieleunou I, Turcotte-Tremblay A-M, Fotso J-CT, Tamga DM, Yumo HA, Kouokam E, et al. Setting performance-based financing in the health sector agenda: a case study in Cameroon. Glob Health. 2017;13:52.

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Sieleunou, I., Turcotte-Tremblay, AM., Fotso, JC.T. et al. Erratum to: ‘Setting performance-based financing in the health sector agenda: a case study in Cameroon’. Global Health 13, 60 (2017).

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