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Explore USAID’s Health System Assessment Approach v3.0

USAID’s Health System Assessment Approach (HSAA) has been widely used in the developing world to diagnose health systems performance and to capture system-wide information to better inform health sector planning. The HSAA looks at the entire health system, including governance, health financing, health services delivery, human resources, pharmaceutical management, and health information systems, plus the […]

Developing Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills in Botswana

To increase the efficiency and quality of health services, the Government of Botswana has launched an ambitious plan to expand public-private partnerships in the health system. As part of these reforms, the Ministry of Health has started to outsource non-clinical services, including laundry, cleaning, food services, and security, at several major hospitals across the country. […]

Accelerating Evidence Generation for Governance Contributions to Health Outcomes

On July 23, 2014, the USAID Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project hosted a one-day workshop at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on generating evidence of governance contributions to health outcomes. The event brought together almost 60 health and governance professionals from USAID, prominent external organizations such as the World Health Organization and […]

First Steering Committee Meeting Held on State Health Accounts in Haryana, India

Understanding the magnitude and flow of financial resources is an important factor in making informed decisions about the equitable and efficient allocation of resources. Data from State Level Health Accounts (SLHA) can provide such information and can be particularly valuable in countries such as India where the health system is largely decentralized and most key […]

New Brochure Highlights Health Accounts Production Tool

The Health Accounts (HA) framework is an internationally standardized methodology for measuring financial resource flows in the health sector. It provides health expenditure information to policymakers and stakeholders in ways that can be clearly and directly linked to a country’s health financing concerns and health system performance. While HA has been accepted as a critical […]

Scaling up HIV Care and Treatment in Côte d’Ivoire through Human Resources for Health Interventions

Inadequate numbers of health workers, as well as their uneven distribution throughout the country, is a key barrier to the scale-up of HIV treatment in Côte d’Ivoire. According to a 2014 United Nations Population Fund report, the country has only 48 percent of the maternal and newborn health workforce it needs. In addition to problems […]

Ethiopia Disseminates Fifth Round of NHA

Speaking before 120 people at the dissemination of Ethiopia’s fifth round of National Health Accounts (NHA), held April 10th in Addis Ababa, State Minister for Health Dr. Amir Aman pledged to make use of the new findings in the government’s policy making process. He urged partners throughout the health sector to use the NHA evidence […]

World Health Day: Fighting Vector-borne Diseases with Strong Health Systems

This year, World Health Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the problem of vector-borne diseases, which kill more than one million people in low- and middle-income countries each year. The World Health Organization estimates  more than half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, schistosomiasis, dengue, yellow fever and other vector-borne diseases, […]

SHA 2011 Explained in New Brief

Health resource tracking is a vital component of health systems strengthening because it gives stakeholders valuable information about patterns in the financing, provision, and consumption of health care resources. The System of Health Accounts (SHA) is an internationally standardized framework that systematically tracks the flow of expenditures in a health system. The SHA is critical […]

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