Health Systems Strengthening
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) recognizes that elimination of pediatric HIV/AIDS cannot be achieved and sustained without strong health systems. Effective local leadership at national, regional, and community levels is critical to ensuring a viable and efficient health system that delivers quality services and improves the health of women, children, and their families.
EGPAF is dedicated to improving all aspects of national, regional, and local health systems through improving service delivery, strengthening the health workforce, improving health information systems, increasing access to essential medicines, improving health financing, and building leadership and governance capacity. Key health systems strengthening approaches used within EGPAF’s programs include:
- Integrating HIV with other health services, such as maternal, newborn, and child health services, tuberculosis, and primary care services.
- Decentralizing health services, while providing technical assistance, supportive supervision, and mentorship at regional and facility levels to ensure quality service provision.
- Building the comprehensive capacity of health care workers and health managers at all levels of the system.
- Introducing task-shifting to improve service delivery efficiency and effectiveness - relieving highly trained, weighed down health providers.
- Strengthening community health systems, including community health worker systems, to ensure communities have greater access to health care and to improve community-facility linkages.
- Improving the collection, analysis, and use of data for decision making at national, regional, and facility levels.
- Use of innovative health financing approaches such as performance-based financing.