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.