Health Systems Strengthening
CSIH recognizes that the viability of health systems around the world has been challenged by imposed economic reforms, poor investment into the sector, and the limited attention paid to the social determinants of health.
Health systems are strengthened when changes are implemented at the policy level or at the practice level in one or more functions of the health system in order to improve access, coverage, quality or efficiency.
CSIH’s overall framework for health systems strengthening is driven by values and vision of equity and accountability, supported by the two pillars of a social determinants framework and a “health in all policies” approach. In applying this approach, CSIH works with partners in government, civil society, community, and academia to build and sustain the necessary leadership and long-term stewardship required for a sustainable health system.
CSIH supports counties and global health partners to address the social determinates of health that are known to be among the worst causes of poor health, inequalities and inequities. The level of investment into those health, social, and economic issues relevant to a nation’s burden of disease is a critical predictor of health outcomes.
CSIH has identified and supported several key elements of a health system for which technical assistance will have the greatest impact on improving health outcomes.