Weak systems for health hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest. These are the people who often are least able to access health care because they are unable to pay or because they live too far from any health care facility.
The Ebola crisis in West Africa was a wake-up call and revealed the unique problems that occur in challenging operating environments. Health and access to health care needs to be understood as part of a development continuum.
And investments in systems for health need to be targeted based on where a country stands on that development continuum.
Building resilient and sustainable systems for health is a strategic pillar of the Global Fund, with 27 percent of investments dedicated to addressing areas such as service delivery integration, data quality and data usage, human resources for health, procurement and supply chain management and improving health sector governance.