To help children survive and thrive, health systems need sufficient funding to be sustainable, resilient and inclusive.
Strengthening health systems is critical to the supply and delivery of quality, affordable primary health care and to the achievement of universal health coverage. It expands access to the most vulnerable children, and integrates services in health, nutrition, early childhood development, HIV and AIDS, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
UNICEF supports primary health care – especially at the community level. We work to ensure that appropriately trained and supervised health personnel are available, and collaborate with Governments on policy and regulatory issues related to health-care providers.
UNICEF focuses on the following areas to strengthen health systems across the globe:
UNICEF creates demand for and ensures the provision of affordable, high-quality essential health services, supporting community case management and integrating community health workers in formal health systems.
UNICEF works with Governments to improve the quality of newborn, child, adolescent and maternal health care – especially at the community level – through the development of culturally and age-appropriate health protocols and guidelines. We also train and equip health and allied personnel to better serve the needs of newborn babies, children, adolescents and their mothers.
UNICEF helps build local capacity for evidence-based planning, budgeting, management and monitoring of priority health interventions. We also help local health systems align with other sectors, and support contingency planning and emergency response.
UNICEF works with Governments and partners to strengthen supply chains crucial to the health sector.
UNICEF supports Governments and partners in the collection, analysis and use of data – including in emergency settings – by strengthening health management and information systems, and introducing digital technologies.
Alongside Governments and partners, UNICEF supports research that monitors, maintains and improves the effectiveness of health policies, programmes and practices.
In coordination with partners, UNICEF supports Governments in resource mobilization, public financial management and other fiscal activities designed to bolster primary health care, especially for the most vulnerable. We also help Governments guide and oversee decentralized levels of authority, and develop and implement national policies.