Health systems strengthening

Interview: Evidence review on health systems strengthening

Due to the lack of clear definitions and the potentially huge volume of evidence, comprehensive reviews of health systems strengthening (HSS) interventions are relatively uncommon. In this interview lead author Sophie Witter (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh) discusses one such rapid evidence review, recently commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The evidence review explores what works for HSS and in what contexts, providing an evidence base to support DFID’s work.

In this video Sophie Witter outlines the key findings from the review, the complexity of the health system, the value and impact of health systems research more generally, and recommendations for DFID staff and other donors.

Presentation: Health systems strengthening – what is it, how should we assess it, and does it work?

In this video, authors Sophie Witter, Dina Balabanova (LSHTM) and Sandra Mounier-Jack (LSHTM) reflect on the process of undertaking the evidence review, drawing out suggestions on definitions of HSS and approaches to assessment, as well as summarising some key conclusions from the current evidence base.

This presentation was delivered as the first activity of the DFID-K4D Health Systems Strengthening Learning Journey. 

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This content is produced as part of a DFID-K4D Health Systems Strengthening Learning Journey. 

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