Public Health Management

Better Management for Stronger Systems

If health systems are to produce better health outcomes, then they must be well managed. Public health management covers the administrative and managerial capacities, organizational structures, and systems needed to finance and deliver health services more efficiently, effectively, and equitably.

Sector strategy and planning — HFG works with partners to develop management strategies and plans, cost them, and then strengthen their capacity to use them as tools to guide decision-making and improve health system functions.

Organizational capacity building — Capacity building is an essential ingredient to strengthening any health system.  Local institutions in the public and nongovernmental sectors need the necessary capacity— skills, administrative systems, experience, and leadership­—to achieve their goals.

Adoption of new technologies and approaches — HFG works with health institutions to assess the applicability of new methods to solving their problems, both technically and financially. The development of mobile telephone networks to make financial transactions, known as “mobile money,” shows promise as a way to ensure transparency in addressing health systems issues, including collecting health insurance premiums.

Public Financial Management (PFM) — Health systems rely on PFM to be effective, efficient, and accountable. PFM includes planning, budgeting, funds flow, reporting, and risk management. Working with its country partners, HFG is helping to make PFM systems more capable and transparent.

Human Resources for Health (HRH) — HFG works with countries to improve HRH management capacity in areas such as recruitment, retention, absenteeism, and task shifting. HFG assists with strengthening pre- and in-service training institutions and licensing and accreditation requirements.

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