USAID global health programs have supported Health System Strengthening (HSS) for more than 20 years with critical resources, technical expertise, global leadership and in-country presence.
Need for country assistance continues to grow as disease burden shifts rapidly and in unpredictable ways. To sustain gains in global health, USAID invests in Health System Strengthening. Our aim is to help people and institutions, both public and private, improve health outcomes over the long term. We also seek to ensure affordability, quality and delivery of health services in an equitable and sustainable manner that ultimately protects people against unforeseen shocks.
The 2014 West Africa Ebola epidemic demonstrated the effects of weak health systems; Health Worker deaths, shortages of drugs and equipment, and reduced capacity devastated health system abilities to adequately respond to the outbreak.
To read more on USAID's efforts to strengthen health systems in the wake of Ebola, please visit USAID HSS Ebola Efforts.