Health Policies and Service Delivery


The Health Policies and Service Delivery Programme (HPS) provides technical support to countries for the development of evidence based health policies and plans and their implementation using the Primary Health Care values and principles.

National health systems – Africa’s big public health challenge

National health systems – Africa’s big public health challengeBrazzaville, 22 December 2014 No region needs to scale up its health systems more than Africa. People get sick and die in many cases because the systems for disease prevention and control are not in place or – if they are – they do not function properly.

This is not only the case in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa but also in non-affected countries throughout the African Region. By any measure of health system function – immunization coverage, skilled birth attendance, malnutrition, and maternal and child mortality – the Region is in poor shape, despite recent improvements.

Featured publications

Review of Primary Health Care in the African RegionSummaries of Country Experiences on Primary Health Care RevitalizationDiscussion Paper, International Conference on Primary Health Care and Health Systems in Africa.