US Health Investments Moving Haiti Toward a Healthy Future

In December 2014, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) sponsored a delegation of United States congressional staffers (delegates) to Haiti to witness first-hand the health progress made and the work still to be done to achieve a healthy future in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. The five delegates work on global health or foreign affairs, or have a focus on Haiti, and all expressed interest in seeing the impact of US investments on Haitian reconstruction and health programs.

This study tour provided delegates with a unique opportunity to see first-hand the positive impact of US investment at all levels of the Haitian health system. From community-level service delivery to pharmaceutical supply chain management at the national level, the US is working with the Haitian government and civil society to build local capacity and strengthen the country’s health system.

Delegates appreciated the opportunity to meet with Haitian stakeholders at all levels of the health system—from community health workers to Ministry of Health officials. This level of personal interaction helped delegates understand how communities have benefited from foreign assistance and what challenges they still face. Not only did delegates gain a better understanding of progress in the health sector, but they learned how improvements in other sectors will have positive impacts on health outcomes.

Click the link below to read the full report on the tour:
US Health Investments Moving Haiti Toward a Healthy Future [PDF]

A Health Systems Approach to Non-Communicable Diseases in Uganda and Rwanda

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation (LIVESTRONG) sponsored a delegation of US Senate staffers, policy experts, and researchers to Uganda and Rwanda to examine the key elements of the countries’ health systems, with a particular focus on how the countries are addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases.

Strong health systems are the most sustainable way of improving health and saving lives at large scale. For a health system to address the needs of its people, it must:

  • Act in a coordinated and integrated way to reach people who may otherwise go undetected.
  • Deliver integrated care that involves all players in the health system— government ministries, pharmacists, traditional healers, health workers, and community health workers.
  • Be administered responsibly to ensure quality care that is both physically and financially accessible.
  • Have strong information systems and an educated health workforce.
  • Support local, public, and private-sector healthcare providers.

Study Tour Summary Document: February 14–23, 2014 (PDF)