Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa


Dr Yibeltal discusses Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health plans to scale up new comprehensive Primary Health Care Clinical Guidelines (PHCCG), based on the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) developed by ASSET partners University of Cape Town Lung Institute Knowledge Translation Unit. PHCCG transforms the way that primary care is delivered, and extends coverage to all basic conditions including mental and other non-communicable disorders, consistent with the Ministry’s commitment to Universal Health Care. The ASSET project, funded by UK NIHR, ASSET is developing and testing health system strengthening interventions to support the implementation of the new Ethiopian PHCCG

Dr Andualem, Dr Liz Gwyther and Prof Richard Harding discuss what it means for care to be person-centred, and how this might be achieved even in resource-poor health systems. Work on person-centred, compassionate and respectful care is a key theme for the ASSET Global Health Research Unit - strengthening surgical, maternal and integrated primary health care platforms.


Dr Abebe Bekele, from the Department of Surgery at Addis Ababa University describes policy initiatives to improve the coverage and quality of surgical care in Ethiopia, and introduces the ASSET plans for for focused work on health system strengthening in the Gurage Zone.

Dr Charlotte Hanlon, a KCL academic living and working in Addis Ababa (Addis Ababa University), Ethiopia, introduces some of the policy context to ASSET research plans for primary healthcare strengthening in the Gurage Zone