February 2021
A core benefit of the Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator (Accelerator) is that the program is highly adaptable so that we can be responsive to a number of health systems challenges and work across traditional health system silos. As the program implementation team from Results for Development, and our partners from the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF) and ICFlook ahead to Year 3, the program would like to take a moment to reflect on the Accelerator’s achievements to date.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Accelerator has continued to help countries strengthen the systems, processes, and institutions that support sustainable health systems strengthening and build the local and regional capacity that countries need to sustain improvements beyond aid.

Keep reading to learn more about our ongoing support to countries.
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Adapting Co-creation Approaches to Support Health Systems Strengthening

The Accelerator is leading virtual co-creation processes to strengthen mental health and psychosocial support services in Liberia, accelerate progress towards universal health coverage in Togo, and facilitate dialogue with key partners and stakeholders in Guinea to support the implementation and scale-up of Guinea’s National community Health Strategy.

Facilitating Learning and Knowledge Exchange for Multisectoral Pandemic Responses

In September 2020, the Accelerator announced a virtual collaborative to facilitate learning, knowledge generation for multisectoral, multi-level pandemic responses. The collaborative met in December 2020 to kick off the first virtual learning session with participants from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Senegal. Participants were drawn from the national COVID-19 response units in each country with representatives from the ministries of health, education, finance, transportation, tourism, civil aviation, and social security. Their first cross-country exchange focused on the topics of citizens’ compliance to public health measures, data use and integration of data systems.

Partnering with Stakeholders in Ghana to Accelerate Their Vision of Achieving Health for All

The program is mobilizing local and regional experts to support Ghana’s COVID-19 response and facilitating peer-to-peer learning workshops to support the implementation and scale-up of Primary Care Provider Networks.

Improving Health Systems Strengthening and Policy Research Capacities in Asia

To support the development and sustainability of promising health systems strengthening learning platforms in Asia, the Accelerator conducted a landscaping within the region. The objective was to identify the range of operational models for evidence generation and knowledge translation at country and regional levels; describe the current ecosystem for learning and capacity strengthening; and identify opportunities for more collaboration among local, regional and global initiatives supporting health systems strengthening capacity development.
This content is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of the Cooperative Agreement No. 7200-AA-18CA-00037. The contents are the responsibility of the Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator program and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
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