Our country programs help governments build stronger public-sector health systems, from rehabilitating health facilities to building health workforce and management capacity, to improving lab, pharmacy and health information systems.
But there are many forces beyond the control of a Ministry of Health that can prevent services from being effective and people from being healthy.
Lack of qualified staff due to few training spots at universities. Limited budgets for salaries, leaving staff overworked and underpaid. Lack of funds to improve roads and transport, build water and sanitation systems, or provide education. Emergence from armed conflict that has left the national health infrastructure destroyed.
We advocate on these issues because we believe they are the key to real and lasting improvement in the health of the world’s poor and vulnerable. We have three areas of focus:
- Supporting the public-sector health system and health workforce
- Encouraging more just macroeconomic policies
- Highlighting the harmful effects of war on population health