These days, it’s rare to point to the U.S. health sector as a model for anything other than chaos and complexity, but there are both lessons learned from mistakes and occasional beacons of hope like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that can be instructive for countries—especially low- and middle-income countries—seeking to stretch limited health funding to achieve universal health coverage.
We need to look at whether people have the right mix of incentives to avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices, and to access preventive health, such as vaccinating their children, using contraceptives for birth spacing or to avoid pregnancy, using condoms for disease prevention, and sleeping under bed nets in malarial zones. But just as importantly, we need to ensure that health care providers, both individual and institutional, have the right alignment of incentives to deliver high quality, affordable health services and pharmaceuticals.
On October 15, many communities will mark National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a day to recognize the significant impact of HIV on Latino individuals and to encourage HIV testing and care.
We have a learning model at MEval-SIFSA where we’ve itemised what defines a health system as “functioning.” For us, a strong, functioning system is one that takes you through the entire data management process and evaluates how the data is gathered, interpreted and analysed. But most importantly, a functioning system uses data to maximise a health programme’s impact and improve health outcomes.
JSI’s Chris Wright looks ahead to the scenarios that will require new approaches to health supply chains in low and middle income countries.