“Nobody else will serve the vulnerable as the church has been,” he said. “It can only be us. That’s why we need support.”
Yeboah spoke from the perspective of the Christian Health Association of Ghana, a highly respected organization in the west African country. Like Tumwesigye’s organization, CHAG hospitals primarily treat the poor and the vulnerable. In 2015, the CHAG network had 455,000 admissions, he said.
Nyamupachitu, Senior Program Advisor for Health Systems Strengthening for IMA World Health, said it’s important to note the faith community’s unique role in strengthening the health systems in Africa.
All the panelists agreed that building and expanding partnerships is important in reaching the people who are in hard-to-reach areas, the poor and the vulnerable.
IMA World Health plays an integral role in strengthening faith-based health systems by focusing on internal systems and infrastructure, such as data processing, data management and strengthening supply chains, Nyamupachitu said.
The webinar was part of an ongoing dialogue among the Christian health networks in Africa.
HSS defined by WHO
World Health Organization’s recommended six building blocks of HSS are:
- improved health service delivery
- health workforce development
- information systems
- access to essential medicines
- health system financing
- leadership and governance
These HSS building blocks help define the ideal capacity of a health system, and to prioritize key HSS issues, ensuring that it doesn’t leaves gaps in support. The approach facilitates a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to capacity building, increasing the government’s and communities’ abilities to sustain and own their health response.aHealth.