Strengthening District Health Systems and HIV Service Delivery Outcomes in Mozambique: Findings from the CHASS-SMT Project

Resource Type: Report
Authors: Denise Jacobson, Jorge Ugaz, Daniel Lee, Carmeliza Soares da Costa Rosario, and Marcelo Castrillo
Published: 10/30/2015

Resource Description: HSS-SD studyWhile there is growing consensus within the global health community on the importance of health systems strengthening (HSS) to improving service delivery and health outcomes, evidence linking HSS interventions to such outcomes is only beginning to emerge. This study sought to examine the relationships between the District Approach intervention in Mozambique and HIV service delivery outcomes, as well as the relationship between strengthened district health systems and HIV service delivery outcomes.

The Clinical HIV/AIDS Services Strengthening Project in Sofala, Manica, and Tete provinces (CHASS-SMT) designed the District Approach to address key weaknesses that lead to underperformance of districts on HIV service delivery: low managerial capacity; scarcity of resources; and sub-optimal systems and processes. District Approach interventions included the Graduation Path, district sub-agreements, and clinical tutoring. The goal of the Graduation Path was to improve the capacity of districts to manage systemic functions (planning, information systems, human resources, financing, supply and logistics) and services functions (health programs, laboratory, community mobilization). The Graduation Path included a periodic, quantitative assessment of district management capacity based on process indicators.


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