Our Model

The HAI Model is simple: we work with and within public sector health systems to strengthen primary health care for all.

For more than 30 years, Health Alliance International has worked in solidarity with ministries of health in order to build the capacity of local health providers, professionals, and researchers to lead their own, effective primary health care systems. From the very beginning, we have done what many global health NGOs have neglected to do: focus on strengthening public sector health systems by listening to and serving the needs articulated by countries and advocating for policies and practices that promote social, economic, and health equity.

HAI’s alliances with ministries of health improve government capacity to measure performance, improve quality, and expand the scope of their services. In every country, HAI’s in-country staff work alongside local health system leadership and are considered key partners in designing, implementing and evaluating health programs. As both an independent nonprofit and an active center of the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, HAI has been recognized globally as an organization that combines a service ethic and solidarity with the critical thinking and rigor of its academic base.

In line with HAI’s commitment to support and strengthen local public health leadership, in 2021 HAI will be fully transitioning our global operations and active programs to locally-based, locally-led NGOs. This transition—unanimously supported by HAI’s Board of Directors along with headquarters and in-country leadership—represents an organization-wide evolution in service of our mission and in response to calls for a global health that centers local leadership and local autonomy.  Our transition partners, HAMNASA and Comité para a Saúde de Moçambique (CSM), share HAI’s vision and values and will continue to serve as champions of public sector collaboration and health system strengthening in Timor-Leste and Mozambique.

Read more about Why Our Model and Our Approach Matter by flipping through our Case for Support below.

Stand with HAI

Stand with HAI


When you support Health Alliance International, you take a stand for a more equitable and respectful model of global health. Your donation not only helps us expand our reach, it is an investment in our shared values of health equity and solidarity. 

Join the Alliance

Our alliance is made up of supporters, partners, staff, and volunteers who share our commitment to universal access to quality health care. Just like a health system, every person plays a role in keeping us working toward this ultimate goal. Will you join us? 

Get Engaged

The kind of change we seek requires sustained action.  Whether you want to engage in HAI's advocacy work or help spread HAI's mission and model, we rely on our friends and supporters to stand beside us when we stand up for equity in global health.

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