How do you strengthen a health system? This is a complex question public health experts are still trying to answer. At JSI, we know that expanding access to good health data — and getting people to use the data — is a critical piece of the puzzle.

Pakistan | August 2017

In Pakistan, JSI’s was asked to strengthen the health system of Pakistan’s second-largest province, Sindh, with a focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) services.

JSI worked with the government of Sindh to expand access to good data and motivate health managers and health providers to use the data to make important decisions about financing, service provision, and more.

Results were impressive: Sindh health budgets grew by 137 percent as managers learned to use data to substantiate their budget requests. Furthermore, 80 percent of Sindh’s districts were able to solve health sector challenges on their own, and the accuracy of health data improved from 64 to 79 percent in just two years.

In the photos below, we’ll “follow the data” from the collection to decision-making stages to understand how good data can truly transform — and strengthen — a health system.

The online integrated dashboard made data transparent in Sindh Province. This transparency allows actors at every level of the health system (provincial managers, district managers, health workers) to advocate for and make positive change.

 Read the full story. The JSI-implemented Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Component of USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Program ran from 2013 to 2017 in Pakistan.

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