In the 40 years since the Alma-Ata declaration, much has changed. An essential package of services is the norm in many countries, and health education for prevention is a critical component of primary health care. Merce Gasco, JSI’s Senior Technical Advisor, reflects and shares her thoughts on the changes in public health systems over the past four decades.
In this episode, you’ll hear from Hibret Alemu Tilahan, Director of the Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program. He spoke to JSI Director of Communications, Penelope Riseborough about the evolution of the country’s health sector and the complexities and challenges of addressing urban health. Their conversation spans maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and health systems strengthening.
Strong health systems need strong leaders. USAID Transform: Primary Health Care is strengthening Ethiopia’s health management leadership so that it can reduce preventable child and maternal death through simple cost-effective and proven interventions such as increased immunization and deliveries in health facilities, and improved perinatal access, attendance, and care.
As a result of JSI’s work in Sindh province, Pakistan, health budgets grew 137 percent as health managers learned to use data to substantiate budget requests; 80 percent of districts in Sindh learned to use data to solve health sector challenges on their own; and accuracy of health data improved.
In this episode, you will hear from Dr. Nabeela Ali, JSI Country Representative for Pakistan. She spoke to JSI Technical Advisor, Nancy Brady about the results that the JSI-implemented Health Systems Strengthening Component of USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Program had. Through this, she explains how strengthening a health system saves lives.
Ethiopia is revolutionizing its current health management information system by adopting DHIS2—a tool with global acclaim for transforming the way health data is collected, validated, visualized, and analyzed.
While the global community strives to ensure program sustainability, the sad reality is that only a few of these interventions will continue after donor support and technical assistance ends. In addition, many of these projects will end with limited evidence that only includes the impact on health outcomes within a finite number of facilities and districts. As the global community begins to support progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) in low- and middle-income countries, we should ask ourselves: who’s going to pay when the donor support and technical assistance have gone?
In 2016, an initiative to deliver a life-saving inexpensive drug called chlorhexidine (CHX) to all newborns in Pakistan was launched by the Pakistani Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination, CHX National Working Group, and USAID’s JSI-managed Health Systems Strengthening Component. Dr. Nadeem Hassan explains why this partnership is important to improving newborn health outcomes.
There is still much to be done, of course. But Sierra Leone is on its way to a health system that meets the needs of its people—and, given the toll that Ebola took, is ready to confront the next infectious disease—be it Ebola or some other virus—with stronger, better-prepared health services.
In support of global efforts to strengthen, scale up, and harmonize community health programs, the Advancing Partners & Communities project launched the Community Health Systems Catalog in March 2014. The Catalog aims to fill a knowledge gap about community health and family planning policies and programs in 25 countries. Previously, this information was scattered across policies, strategies, curricula, and other documents. In 2017, APC updated the Catalog as part of its portfolio of tools and activities that support the role of policy in aligning and strengthening community health systems.