Building Resilient Health Systems for a Safer World

Strong public health systems not only enable families and communities to thrive, but also help to ensure stable economies and countries. Jhpiego works with governments and other stakeholders to strengthen health systems and the policies and legislation that support them, so that countries can prevent, detect and respond to public health threats—now and in the future.

Through its emergency response for COVID-19, the Jhpiego-led NISHTHA project in India built the capacity of more than 49,000 primary-level health care workers on COVID-19 management, supporting more than 41 million individuals in facing the pandemic.

Countries we support

A Collective Responsibility

Being a janitor is hard, hazardous and often underappreciated work. But Isaac Joseph, a janitor at a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, knows the timely collection and disposal of infectious waste is critical to preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

I feel if I do my work honestly, I am doing a job well done for humanity at large.

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How we make an impact

COVID-19 highlighted shortcomings in countries’ preparedness to deal with outbreaks of infectious disease and other public health emergences. But Jhpiego was partnering with countries to strengthen health systems long before the pandemic took hold. We work  with health facilities and within communities to strengthen infection prevention and control; prepare health care providers to address health issues as they arise; provide critical health and safety equipment; and support governments and the private sector to distribute lifesaving immunizations.

Through the Enhancing Global Health Security: Expanding Efforts and Strategies to Protect and Improve Public Health Globally project, Jhpiego is implementing activities focused on protecting and improving health globally, including prevention, early detection, and rapid and effective response to public health threats of international concern. Highlights of our work include building the capacity of national and subnational rapid response teams in six countries and fostering collaboration across countries in West Africa to improve border health practices.

In the DRC, the Enhancing Global Health Security project is assisting in the development and establishment of a National Public Health Institute that will integrate core public health functions including surveillance, public health emergency management, workforce development and the national laboratory system.

Jhpiego leverages data science and digital technologies to bolster disease surveillance and response efforts, and to ensure access to appropriate, equitable and quality services.

To ensure families continue to receive the care and treatment they need and deserve, we develop operational guidance that synthesizes global recommendations, current best evidence and critical resources to maintain essential health services—from how to adapt and optimize service delivery points to how to establish patient flow for efficiency and protection of both clients and health workers.

Through the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded NISHTHA project in India, we provided technical assistance to strengthen health system readiness, protect the health workforce and ensure continuity of essential services. In its second phase, the project will focus on building resilient, client-centered primary health care systems that are better prepared to face future public health threats.

Help Us Ensure That Countries Can Prevent, Detect and Respond to Public Health Threats

No one is safe unless we all are safe. Help us ensure that all countries have responsive, resilient health systems that protect women and families from public health threats so they can survive and thrive.


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