Championing Sustainability, Namibia Funds Health Accounts

In Namibia, donor funding for health dropped by 47 percent between 2009 and 2013. This sharp decline could have broad implications for the health sector—particularly Namibia’s HIV and AIDS response which relies heavily on donor resources. In light of declining donor resources for health, the Government of Namibia (GRN) is positioning itself to sustain health […]

“Groundbreaking” Report Links HSS Interventions to Health Outcomes

On July 28, 2015, USAID’s Office of Health Systems (OHS) released a major new report, which for the first time presents a significant body of evidence linking health systems strengthening interventions to measurable impacts on health outcomes. The Impact of Health Systems Strengthening on Health identifies 13 types of health systems strengthening (HSS) interventions with quantifiable effects.

Botswana Costing Study: Outsourcing Adds Value, Boosts Quality

To deliver better quality services at a lower cost, the Government of Botswana has been pursuing a strategy of outsourcing nonclinical hospital services ‒ such as laundry, cleaning, and security ‒ to private vendors since 2011. In theory, outsourcing these services should save hospitals money – money that could then be used to buy more […]

Paving the Way for Universal Health Coverage in Peru

Since implementing health sector reform in 1998, Peru has reached 80 percent of its population with health services, putting the country well on the path toward achieving universal health coverage (UHC). This progress is significant for the country of 30 million, characterized by diverse cultures and rugged geography.

PEPFAR Transitions to Country Ownership Highlighted in GHSP Journal

An article by Abt Associates’ Abigail Vogus and Kylie Graff published in the June 2015 issue of Global Health: Science and Practice highlights lessons learned from donor transitions to answer the question “what lessons can be drawn from existing literature to help ensure an effective transition of HIV programs to country ownership, and what determinants […]

Social Workers Critical Advocates for Swaziland’s Child Victims

In many parts of the world, violence against children is a tragic reality. In Swaziland the statistics paint an especially sobering picture. Nearly one in three Swazi girls experiences sexual violence before the age of 18 and one in four suffer physical violence, according to a 2007 UNICEF national study on violence against children in Swaziland.

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