Health Systems Strengthening

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  • USAID Goals in Health Systems Strengthening

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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.

From 1990-2015, efforts to strengthen developing country health systems have contributed to: 53% reduction in child deaths from 12.6 million to 5.9 million and 42% reduction in maternal deaths from 523,000 to 303,000.

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.

These actions help USAID reach our three priority global health goals of Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, creating an AIDS-Free Generation, and Protecting Communities from Infectious Disease, which directly contributes to the Global Health Security Agenda.



Post-Ebola Health Systems Recovery

Post-Ebola Health Systems Recovery

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.

Mapping Priority Countries for HSS

Mapping Priority Countires for HSS

HSS efforts are focused on the Bureau for Global Health priority countries that account for the greatest share of the world's communicable disease burden and family planning needs.


Last updated: April 06, 2017

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