Health Systems Strengthening: 2015 and Beyond

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Good health, a “state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,”1 is the foundation for human self- realization. Much of our health is the responsibility of families and individuals but without the support of a well-functioning health system, we are all left vulnerable to illness and death from preventable and treatable conditions. Only by caring for our wellbeing through proper nutrition, exercise, and through seeking high-quality health care when ill, can we strive to assure that we and our loved ones achieve our highest potential.

Health systems consist of all the people, organizations, and resources that act together to promote, restore, or maintain health. The currently accepted model identifies six building blocks or pillars that operate together to meet the health care needs of the people being served: governance; information; human resources; finances; pharmaceuticals, vaccines and other technologies; and service delivery.