Health Systems Strengthening

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USAID programs have supported health systems strengthening (HSS) for decades with critical resources, technical expertise and global leadership to sustain gains in global health.

Our aim is to help countries, their people and institutions, improve health outcomes over the long term. We do this by providing technical assistance to help countries identify and take ownership for investments in their health systems. In partnership with the public and private sectors, we seek to ensure affordability, quality and delivery of health services in an equitable and sustainable manner, ultimately protecting people against unforeseen shocks.

These actions help 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 how we apply a systems-thinking approach to improve health systems outcomes in support of more sustainable and robust overall health results in these areas:

Building an Evidence Base 

Changing Health Seeking Behavior

Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

Enabling a Health Workforce

Fostering Country Ownership

Improving Quality of Health Services

Mobilizing Domestic Resources for Health

Promoting Resilience

Strengthening Community Health Systems

Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems


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Last updated: December 11, 2018

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