Unit | Health Systems Support

The Health Systems Support Unit holds a rich diversity of expertise and is active across the six WHO building blocks in all the major world regions as well as in Switzerland. With a core focus on primary health care development and district health management strengthening, we work to improve the quality, accessibility and equity of health services.

The unit applies a holistic approach to reduce fragmentation and takes advantage of the efficiency gains of greater public and private health sector collaboration. We identify, analyse and compare health policies and systems to enlarge the evidence base for responding to the needs of populations. Working with local partners to build sustainable capacity, we conduct operations research to find pragmatic solutions to system bottlenecks while also carrying out health impact assessments, and large scale surveys to establish population-representative estimates.  

Health Economics and Financing

In the drive for Universal Health Coverage we support countries to design and develop health insurance schemes that are inclusive of the poor and other vulnerable groups. Read more about our contributions to designing and implementing insurance management information systems.

Data Evidence Evaluation and Policy

To strengthen the continuum between data, information and knowledge we produce and synthesize high quality evidence so it can be used for decision making. In terms of better evidence for better decisions, our activities range from data production and evidence generation to policy formulation.

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