Health systems strengthening

At IntraHealth, we believe that strengthening health systems is key to shifting power dynamics and boosting local actors’ capacity to drive improved health outcomes in their countries.

In 2022 alone, we reached 174,067 health workers and provided 3,380 health facilities with customized, on-site supportive supervision, mentoring, and coaching — always working in tandem with local partners to ensure health workers have the skills, supplies, and support systems they need to deliver quality services.

Key Results

3.8 million new users of family planning in West Africa from 2011-2021, an achievement made possible by local civil society and government contributions and advocacy
Increased health worker staffing by 46% in 15 Kenyan counties
52% reduction in neonatal mortality across 173 facilities in eastern Uganda between 2018-2022
Reduced the post-cesarean delivery infection rate by 44% in Rwanda between 2019-2022
Supported 70 vaccination sites to ensure vaccines were distributed per the national protocol in Rwanda

Our key approaches:

  • Strengthening health systems to deliver life-saving services, including integrating service packages and enhancing clinical mentoring

  • Improving health workforce development for quality care, including boosting health workers’ retention via mental health support

  • Supporting country-led responses to global health threats, including using existing data to model disease trends and health workforce needs for pandemic preparedness

  • Catalyzing local ownership, including supporting dynamic civil society coalitions and assisting over 40 local partners to transition to direct USAID funding.

  • Assisting local governments and partners to use data — including from our open-source iHRIS software — and telehealth to optimize human resources for health (HRH) planning, distribution, and retention

Selected Achievements

Partnered with civil society coalitions, youth advocates, and religious leaders in nine countries in Francophone West Africa to help add 3.8 million additional family planning users and double the number of women using modern contraception in the region.
A New Generation of Health Workers Enters a Stronger Health System in Kenya
Mental Health Services Help Health Workers Improve HIV Services in Central America
Mali and Kenya Use Data to Forecast Health Workforce Needs for COVID-19
Rwanda uses its robust Ebola prep measures to respond to COVID-19.