Health Systems Strengthening
On 9 July 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became an independent nation after nearly three decades of conflict and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. The chronically weak health system had all but collapsed after the prolonged war, as shown by the nation’s poor health indicators which are among the worst globally.
The HPF model emphasises strengthening the health system under the stewardship of the Ministry of Health (MoH). This approach was designed to enable the long term sustainability of the health system and to catalyse the transition of responsibility for primary health care service delivery to MoH and its county health departments.
The MoH faces a number of challenges in its efforts to streamline and transform the currently weak health system and the poor quality health services to meet the needs of all the people of South Sudan, especially the most vulnerable women and children. Poverty, inadequate infrastructure and a critical shortage of trained personnel make the challenge all the more demanding.
Activities under this work stream aim to nurture the health system for lasting results by supporting the capacity of the MoH at the central, state, county and facility levels to plan, monitor and manage service provision over the medium and longer term.
Support is provided under the following technical areas:
Quality service delivery
Health management information systems
Health human resources management
Public finance management
Leadership and governance
Pharmaceuticals supply chain management
Transforming the lives of millions of people in South Sudan
HPF aims to lay the foundations for the MoH provide quality healthcare for its own people in a future free from dependency on foreign aid.