The role of communities in building resilient health systems is complex and ever evolving. While two days is certainly not enough time to address all of the issues around communities and resiliency, Cracking the Nut Health was a great start. In the past month and a half, we hope that participants have taken the time to muse over the many discussions at this learning event, and started finding opportunities to incorporate these ideas into ongoing work.
More than 150 leading global health and development thinkers convened on June 15, 2016, for The Innovation Effect: Powering Disruptive Global Health Solutions in Washington, DC. This conference report provides an overview of the insights shared when attendees explored what happens when unique partnerships, disruptive technologies, transformed systems, and data-driven insights combine in often unexpected ways to create dramatic improvements in the health and well-being of people around the world.
“It is the ability to benchmark across countries, adjust variables, and produce data for planning, that transforms our ability to understand health systems,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, at the recent launch of USAID’s Health Systems Benchmarking Tool. Unlike other web-based tools, the HSBT is intended for use in the field. It can be easily downloaded and is not reliant on Wi-Fi or large bandwidth. Download the tool...
The December Discussion Meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania is designed to be hands on and highly participatory events that become a rich learning experience for all attendees. In this report and the presentations, we share some of the discussions around strategies and approaches to improving data, quality, and use among participating countries and include highlights around the progress made in BID demonstration countries (Tanzania and Zambia), the successes and challenges they have had, and the way forward.
A selection of presentations from the meeting are available below.
An integrated supply chain is cost-effective, responsive, and reliable, and helps reduce stockouts. An integrated supply chain links all the actors involved in managing health products into one cohesive supply chain management organization. Countries typically move through an evolution process to achieve an integrated public health supply chain. While every country is different, the path to integration usually evolves, over time, through three sequential phases: (1) the ad hoc phase, where stakeholders have little common understanding of what the supply chain looks like; (2) the organized phase, where roles and procedures for basic logistics functions are clarified and sufficient financial and human resources are mobilized; and (3) the integrated phase, where people, functions, levels, and entities in the supply chain are linked and managed through an interconnected supply chain organization
The mHealth Compendiums contain case studies submitted by programs implemented primarily in Africa. They document a range of mHealth applications and include a program description, available results, lessons learned and project contacts. The compendiums serve as a comprehensive resource for implementers and donors to access information on innovative programs as well as references to other mHealth resources and tools.
The Roadmap articulates a shared strategic approach to support effective measurement and accountability systems for a country’s health programs. The Roadmap outlines smart investments that countries can adopt to strengthen basic measurement systems and to align partners and donors around common priorities. It offers a platform for development partners, technical experts, implementers, civil society organizations, and decision makers to work together for health measurement in the post-2015 era.
An effective health service comprises many components, including a well-functioning supply chain; the availability of commodities at the health facility is one key part of the logistics system that ensures the end user can receive the health service they need. Delivering health commodities to the last mile, the point of service delivery, involves many processes and several modes of transportation. Commodities must come from manufacturers— often in foreign countries—to national warehouses, then to local storage units, and finally to the local health facility. In the countries where the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT implements supply chain programs, logisticians employ several models for the delivery of health supplies to service delivery points.
Achieving universal health coverage and reducing health inequalities are primary goals for an increasing number of health systems worldwide. Timely and accurate measurements of levels and trends in key health indicators at local levels are crucial to assess progress and identify drivers of success and areas that may be lagging behind.
The challenges of developing, introducing and scaling global health solutions – whether they are medical devices, drugs, diagnostics, vaccines or consumer products – are innumerable. As a result, it often takes years, sometimes decades, for these products to reach most of their intended users. By describing priority activities and their importance, supplemented with inspirational case studies and practical tools, IDEA to IMPACT is intended to help global health practitioners accelerate impact through better coordination and earlier planning