Resource Spotlight: Impact of Health Systems Strengthening on Health

Photo courtesy of Trevor Snapp,<br />
CapacityPlus/IntraHealth International
Photo courtesy of Trevor Snapp,
CapacityPlus/IntraHealth International

Leaders in low- and middle-income countries require timely and compelling evidence about how to strengthen their health systems to improve the health and well-being of their citizens.

Yet, evidence on how to strengthen health system performance to achieve sustainable health improvements at scale, particularly toward Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, fostering an AIDS-Free Generation, and Protecting Communities against Infectious Diseases is limited. The evidence that does exist is scattered, insufficiently analyzed, and not widely disseminated. Without evidence, decision-makers lack a sound basis for investing scarce health funds in health systems strengthening in an environment of competing investment options.

This report, based on a review of systematic reviews of the effects on health of health systems strengthening, presents a significant body of evidence linking these interventions to measureable impact on health. Making decisions on who delivers health services and where and how these services are organized is important to achieve priority health goals.

Please read the report, Impact of Health Systems Strengthening on Health.

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