The Integrated Health Systems Strengthening Project Newsletter (Vol. 1, Issue 2)

August-October 2013, Volume 1, Issue 2

This quarterly bulletin provides information on the activities of the Integrated Health Systems Strengthening Project (IHSSP).

With about one year remaining in the project, sharing the final year’s work plan with the main IHSSP partners is crucial. On August 28 , 2013, through a workshop, we shared, finalized, and achieved consensus on the remaining activities and discussed how the Ministry of Health (MOH) is ready to take over.

The teams from each of the five project components, working in close collaboration with the MOH, have achieved notable results. One of our biggest achievements in partnership with the MOH, Ministry of Local Administration (MINALOC), and others partners is that more than 10 million Rwandans representing 2,202,358 households (99 percent) have been recorded in the Ubudehe stratification database. As a result, 23 percent of the population, the poorest cadre, is now benefiting from subsidized health insurance.

In IHSSP’s final year, we will focus on institutionalization, capacity transfer, sustainability, consolidation, and fine-tuning of previously introduced systems strengthening initiatives. As the project provides mainly technical assistance, the sustainability of innovations and improvements that it helped to introduce to the Rwandan system is of the highest priority and importance.

This second bulletin will provide information on the 2014 planning workshop and our most recent results, activities, and achievements.

Funded by USAID and led by Management Sciences for Health, IHSPP combines evidence-based approaches, proven service delivery strategies, and extensive public health expertise to support the Rwandan Ministry of Health in building its health system.

In this issue

  • Editorial 
  • IHSSP 2014 Planning Workshop, August 28th, 2013 
  • IHSSP: Most Recent Results
  • Improving Human Resources for Health Management through the New Integrated Human Resources Information System (iHRIS) in Rwanda
  • Improving Quality Service Delivery through the Development of National Clinical Protocols and Guidelines
  • Visit of Mr. Paul Auxila: MSH Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer 
  • IHSSP Rwanda: Going to the People
  • IHSSP Presence in the East, Central, and Southern African (ECSA) Health Community Forum in Arusha, Tanzania: August, 2013