Posted by: brittanyng | June 9, 2010

20/20’s way of strengthening health systems

While many realize the need to improve health on a global scale, and recognize that strengthening health systems is a proactive approach to addressing this, one may still wonder how to strengthen health systems? 

Egypt, Marty Makinen

In the Health Systems 20/20 Project funded by USAID, they offer support to developing countries to help them address and solve problems in the following areas:

1. health governance:  to broaden the leadership and invite the community to have more of  a hand in governance operations, especially in community health services.

2. finance:  to increase funding and better allocate resources and services to the neglected in the population.

3. operations:  to improve financial management and better manage human resources so that services are more efficient.

4. capacity building:  to build the community’s capacity to tap funds and technology to enhance their health system to meet community health needs.

Working through these four dimensions of strengthening health systems helps focus on building capacity for long-term sustainability of system strengthening efforts.  This is only a five-year program, but hopefully the work done in developing countries who take advantage of this program will be as sustainable as they hope through addressing needs in the above four areas.



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