Why is health systems strengthening (HSS) an important focus for HAI?
A health system is the set of resources and activities that work together to improve the health of populations.
Our programs help ensure quality across most or all of the six WHO building blocks, including service delivery, health workforce, health information system, medical products, vaccines and technologies, health financing and leadership and governance. Underlying all of this are the people who use the health system. HAI believes that their needs should drive the system to continually improve and evolve.
We believe that governments are best positioned to provide high-quality, comprehensive health care to all citizens. That’s why our in-country programs involve close partnerships with ministries of health to support their efforts and improve care for all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
What are we doing to strengthen health systems?
Through our approach to HSS, HAI focuses on the importance of ensuring quality of the services delivered and systems which support them. Our work defines and measures quality in the different key WHO building blocks and provide the information and support needed to address gaps and identify models for replication.
HAI’s approach to health systems strengthening focuses on specific areas falling into four main categories:
- Defining and measuring quality;
- Ensuring data quality, and building capacity for data use for decision making and response to quality measurements;
- Strengthened supportive supervision and/or mentoring;
- Operational research to understand the factors associated with observed variation in quality.