How to Help
Since CPAR’s creation in 1984, significant gains have been made in improving the health of communities and combatting major health problems in sub-Saharan Africa, and CPAR has been proud to have played a role in that progress.
Weak health systems are a barrier to even greater progress. Strengthening the health system directly addresses not only the quality of service and therefore health outcomes, but also discrimination by improving equitable access to care. By working to improve the capacity, sustainability and outcomes of health systems in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania, we improve emergency care. We help mothers have healthier babies. We connect educators, front-line professionals, health centers and technology in better ways, so healthcare resources make a greater impact.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Systems Framework, there are six core components, or “building blocks”, of the health system. “A health system consists of all organizations, people and actions whose primary interest is to promote, restore or maintain health.” as outlined below http://www.wpro.who.int/health_services/health_systems_framework/en/
- Good health services are those which deliver effective, safe, quality personal and non-personal health interventions to those who need them, when and where needed, with minimum waste of resources.
- A well-performing health workforce is one which works in ways that are responsive, fair and efficient to achieve the best health outcomes possible, given available resources and circumstances. I.e. There are sufficient numbers and mix of staff, fairly distributed; they are competent, responsive and productive.
- A well-functioning health information system is one that ensures the production, analysis, dissemination and use of reliable and timely information on health determinants, health systems performance and health status.
- A well-functioning health system ensures equitable access to essential medical products , vaccines and technologies of assured quality, safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness, and their scientifically sound and cost-effective use.
- A good health financing system raises adequate funds for health, in ways that ensure people can use needed services, and are protected from financial catastrophe or impoverishment associated with having to pay for them.
- Leadership and governance involves ensuring strategic policy frameworks exist and are combined with effective oversight, coalition-building, the provision of appropriate regulations and incentives, attention to system-design, and accountability.
We believe that there is a role for Canadian expertise in making health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa even stronger! Canada We Got This!
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Canada We Got This!