Never again: building resilient health systems and leaning from the Ebola crisis

Never again: building resilient health systems and leaning from the Ebola crisis

It took the threat of a global health crisis to illustrate the failings of Africa’s health systems. Resilient health systems, free at the point of use, are evidently a global public good. They are essential for the provision of universal health coverage and for a prompt response to outbreaks of disease.

Resilient health systems require long-term investment in the six key elements that are required for a resilient system:

Six foundations for resilient health systems:


• an adequate number of trained health workers, including non-clinical staff and CHWs
• available medical supplies, including medicines, diagnostics and vaccines
• robust health information systems (HIS), including surveillance
• an adequate number of well-equipped health facilities (infrastructure), including access to clean water and sanitation
• adequate financing
• a strong public sector to deliver equitable, quality service

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