What Does It Take to Strengthen Health Systems in a Fragile State?

By Eva CanoutasJune 19, 2019Salwa Bitar is a medical doctor with over 30 years of experience in global health and working in fragile states. As chief of party for the IntraHealth International-led Palestinian Health Capacity Project, she led a health systems strengthening initiative in West Bank that focused on medical referral reform, digital health solutions, and human resources for health. She joined us today to share her experience.Dr. Salwa, what element of your team ’s work in West Bank are you most proud of? There are many things I am proud of, but I will share two: building the capacity of our local IntraHealth team and of our Palestinian Ministry of Health (PMOH) counterparts.Our team learned a lot about strategic thinking, planning, rolling out interventions successfully,  quality-improvement techniques, and developing digital health solutions. Most importantly, we used a shared learning approach—team members of every level worked together to come up with solutions and action plans. Adults like this better than classroom training approaches.On the government side, the ministry IT teams are now capable of expanding and monitoring thehealth information system at new hospitals. And the Palestinian Medical Council, for the first time, can nowrevise the curriculaof residency programs. They now have electronic logbooks and systems to monitor residency programs in person and virtually. We also reformed the electronic medical referral system—all ...
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