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Health Systems Strengthening

In spite of significant progress in combatting major health problems in Sub-Saharan Africa, the health of too many people in the region remains at risk. Every day, families and health systems deal with the strain of disease, accidents and epidemics. And while maternal and child mortality rates have improved, they are still high. All of this is aggravated by poverty, inequity, climate change, global financial crises and internal strife, putting further strain on health systems that are already weak.

Many of the people in the rural communities where we work have to travel long distances to receive basic healthcare. Once they arrive at the facility – whether a small rural outpost or clinic, or a hospital – the facility may not be able to best manage what brought the patient there in the first place. The health workers may not be adequately trained to address certain issues, because of rapid turnover of staff, best practices and policies may not be established or the referral systems may not be in place to guide the patient along to where they can get the help they need. Even if they are in a health facility that can help them, the quality of service may be limited, and sometimes there is an associated cost that they can’t afford. Many end up going without treatment, or end up in debt that can devastate them.

By working to improve the capacity, sustainability and outcomes of health systems in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania, CPAR can improve all levels of healthcare. We help mothers have healthier babies. We connect educators, front-line professionals, health centers and technology in better ways, so that healthcare resources can have greater and more sustainable impacts on the wellbeing of the communities we help.

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