International Health

Health Systems Strengthening


When President Obama launched the Global Health Initiative, he underscored the critical link between health systems and health outcomes. “We will not be successful in our efforts to end deaths from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis unless we do more to improve the health systems around the world,” Clinton said. 

Abt Associates works closely with our country partners to develop, implement, and evaluate lasting solutions that improve their health systems and increase their populations’ access to and use of priority health services.

Abt brings extensive expertise, a systems approach, and integrated thinking to each partner country’s specific request for technical assistance. In addition, our tools and approaches are easily adaptable. We strive to reach a higher level of planning – engaging decision-makers and ensuring the implementation they request is based on evidence – and working with public and private host-country organizations to develop their ability to carry on after we leave.

We provide comprehensive technical assistance that addresses all aspects of a country's health system, including health financing, health information systems and technologies, human resources for health, and governance and health policy. Recognizing the important link between country ownership and sustainability, we also contribute to the development of country leadership and institutions to improve core health system functions.

Abt Associates leads the Health Finance and Governance project, one of USAID’s global flagship projects for strengthening health systems as well as USAID’s Jordan Health Systems Strengthening II (HSS II). Previously, Abt led the Health Systems 20/20 project. We also implement numerous bilateral projects focused on strengthening country health systems.

Our work includes:

  • Advancing universal health coverage indicators; 
  • Supporting countries to mobilize domestic resources for health;
  • Strengthening health governance;
  • Supporting countries in both the supply and demand for good health governance;
  • Conducting costing and sustainability planning;
  • Developing and implementing financial risk protection mechanisms;
  • Institutionalizing National Health Accounts and resource tracking;
  • Measuring health system performance; and
  • Health workforce planning, development, and management.
HFG Bangladesh
Health Finance and Governance Project

The HFG Project aims to improve health finance and health governance systems in partner countries, leading to expanded access to health care and improved health outcomes.

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