Financing Health Services: Our Impact

{Photo credit: MSH}Hon. Dr. Riek Gai Kok (Minister of Health, Republic of South Sudan), Colin Gilmartin (MSH), Alfred Driwale (MSH Consultant), and Chair of the Health Parliamentary Committee of the Republic of South Sudan.Photo credit: MSH

South Sudan faces extraordinary challenges to build and strengthen its health system to meet the basic health needs of its people. After decades of civil war, the country faces a critical shortage of trained health personnel,[1] limited access[2] to essential health services,[3] and consequently experiences some of the worst health indicators globally. The majority of childhood deaths are due to preventable causes such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia while an estimated one in seven women die due to pregnancy related complications.[4]

 {Photo Credit: Denise Museminali/MSH} Women waiting at a health center in Rwanda hold up their health insurance identification cards.Photo Credit: Denise Museminali/MSH

The USAID-supported, MSH-led Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening (RHSS) Project works to reinforce the Rwandan government's capacity to plan, lead, and implement strategic interventions to strengthen key health system structures and processes, all while building sustainability and country ownership.

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