Health Systems Strengthening
"When we strengthen health systems in far regions of the world, we reduce the risk of future pandemics that can threaten our people and our economy.” - President Joseph R. Biden
A health system consists of all people, institutions, resources, and activities whose primary purpose is to promote, restore, and maintain health. Health System Strengthening comprises the strategies, responses, and activities that are designed to sustainably improve country health system performance.
USAID invests in health system strengthening because strong health systems underpin all other health investments and lead to greater resilience and global health security. Strong health systems are necessary for all people to achieve access to quality health care, and to align resources for achieving sustainable improvements in health and for countries’ economic growth.
This work helps USAID reach our three priority global health goals of Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths, Controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and Combating Infectious Disease, which directly contributes to the Global Health Security Agenda.
Learn more about our approach to strengthen health systems through our Vision for Health System Strengthening 2030 and how our work supports more sustainable and robust results in these areas:
Changing Health Seeking Behavior
Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
Improving Health System Quality
Strengthening Community Health Systems
Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems
Learn more about our health systems strengthening work:
Strategic Recommendations for Strengthening Health Systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Health Systems Strengthening Learning Agenda
Universal Health Coverage through High Performing Health Care
The Role of Digital Financial Services in Accelerating USAID's Health Goals