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Groundbreaking Report Links HSS Interventions to Health Outcomes

Cover photo of report: mother and child
In late July, USAID's Office of Health Systems (OHS) released a major new report—Impact of Health Systems Strengthening on Health—which for the first time presents a significant body of evidence linking health systems strengthening interventions to measurable impacts on health outcomes. The report identifies 13 types of interventions with quantifiable effects, and presents evidence on how to strengthen health system performance to achieve sustainable health improvements at scale, particularly toward ending preventable child and maternal deaths, fostering an AIDS-Free Generation, and protecting communities against infectious diseases. Read the report...

Botswana Costing Study: Outsourcing Adds Value, Boosts Quality

Botswana's currency: pula
In theory, outsourcing nonclinical hospital services ‒ such as laundry, cleaning, and security ‒ to private vendors should save hospitals money. To help the government of Botswana better manage hospital outsourcing, HFG conducted costing studies at five government hospitals, and a cost benefit analysis of outsourcing cleaning services at Mahalapye Hospital. The studies offer hospital managers valuable guidance on weighing the costs and benefits of outsourcing, and the types of data needed to make informed decisions. Learn more...
Using Evidence to Design Health Benefit Plans for Stronger Health Systems
Low- and middle-income country governments face competing priorities as they try to increase access to affordable healthcare with limited resources at hand. One policy instrument used to align spending with health system objectives is the health benefit plan (HBP). Through a review of 25 countries, this report examines evidence used to design and update HBPs, identifying actionable lessons for designing HBPs that sustainably advance health system objectives. Read the report...
Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Successful in Global Fund Bid 
With support from the HFG Project, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for HIV/AIDS was successful in their Global Fund bid on behalf of six Eastern Caribbean nations. The $5.3 million grant is earmarked for outreach, prevention, care, and treatment for key populations, with a focus on human rights. Learn more...
HFG AT WORK
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Dr. Benjamin Johns
 
"Strong health systems are based on strong evidence. There are, of course, multiple kinds of evidence..."
 
In a recent interview, Ben Johns, a co-author of Impact of Health Systems Strengthening on Health, talks about his latest work in Vietnam, health systems research, and his thoughts on the "next big thing."
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