Health Promotion and Systems Strengthening
In Tanzania, the Health Promotion and Systems Strengthening (HPSS) Project has been funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation since 2010. It works at the interface between communities and the health system, and in particular at primary health care level. The health promotion component focuses on empowering individuals, families, groups and communities to take control of their own local health and well-being issues.
To support this, the project strengthens the engagement and capacities of existing government staff, such as health and community development officers in health promotion, as well as community and non-governmental health promotion agents as well as supporting communities to access government funds for community participation in health promotion initiatives. Read more about the HPSS project and visit the project website.
Enhancing Primary Health Care Services in Tajikistan
Swiss TPH and Save the Children International are working on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to increase health literacy and empower rural Tajik communities to hold primary health care services to account. We supported the Republican Centre for Health Lifestyles to develop a guideline and regulatory framework on how communities can be involved in primary health care.
In addition, we are building the capacity of rayon level healthy lifestyle centres and primary health care staff to implement the approach. This includes participatory reflection and action cycles, community participation in health planning, fostering community-led emergency transport arrangements, and providing small grants so communities can tackle with wider social determinants of health. Read more about the Enhancing Primary Health Care Services project.
Health for All Project – Albania
The Health for All Project contributes to the national response to the high burden of preventable mortality and morbidity by strengthening the health system to effectively promote health and address preventable ill-health. The health promotion approach is two pronged, strengthening both the health system to more effectively promote health and the health literacy of communities and empowerment of individuals, families and communities to take responsibility and action for their own health and to realize their rights of access to quality services.
The primary target for project support and capacity building in health promotion and disease prevention are the key implementers; general practitioners, nurses (including patronage nurses) as well as civil society organisations and communities themselves to ensure that health service clients, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, become more ‘health literate’. The project also supports government to elaborate a health promotion strategy. Read more about the project and visit its website.