Health goals are not achieved without strong systems to support them. Whether a government hopes to reduce HIV incidence or increase access to modern family planning methods, it must examine these achievements through a health systems strengthening (HSS) lens. The overall health system, with its many layers and players, creates an enabling environment for improving coverage, quality, and scale of health interventions.
IMA programs adopt and address the World Health Organization’s recommended six building blocks of HSS: improved health service delivery, health workforce development, information systems, access to essential medicines, health system financing, and leadership and governance.
The HSS building blocks help IMA define the “ideal” capacity of a health system and to prioritize key HSS issues, ensuring there are no gaps in support. In addition, IMA’s health systems approach is community-driven so that services are designed to meet the needs of the community and universal access is promoted.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, IMA supports fragile health systems to address overwhelming need in an environment of constrained human and financial resources. IMA provides customized technical assistance at national and sub-national levels in each country to help the government and its partners improve in priority areas across the HSS framework, resulting in improved primary health care and Maternal and Child Health outcomes.