The process of providing the conditions that offer opportunities for improving the quality of human life in a community.
Development normally covers three aspects of change.
1. It tries to raise people's living standards, including improvements in food, housing, education, employment, sanitation, and environmental protection and health services.
2. It tries to create conditions which can increase growth in self-esteem through improving or introducing social, political and economic systems and institutions which promote human dignity and respect.
3. It tries to increase people's freedom to choose by increasing the range of available goods and services, travel, social and political contact and by decentralizing government decision-making, to achieve greater local participation.
Because health services are large and socially significant institutions, the way in which health services develop can serve both as an illustration and a model for the style, principles and values a country adopts for development in general.