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Improving Local Health Services
Efficient, well-organized and well-supported health services can be life-saving and life-changing. More than 3 million children under 5 years of age and more than 300,000 pregnant women who die each year globally from preventable deaths could be saved by access to well-equipped, well-trained and motivated health care professionals.
International Medical Corps supports local health authorities provide primary and secondary health care services including referral services from rural community-level clinics to large regional and national level hospitals. We work hand in hand with both national governments and local community leaders to ensure basic healthcare is available and affordable for all – whether they are residents of remote villages or large urban centers; whether they are internally displaced people, asylum seekers, migrants or refugees.
Training and education are central to our support of health services. We train and mentor health service providers, managers and community representatives to strengthen their capacity to deliver, manage and monitor their local health services.
We also help rehabilitate health facilities and supply them with essential drugs and medical supplies. Where necessary, we recruit trained medical professionals to fill gaps in the health service system. International Medical Corps works with the local health authorities to advocate the benefits of improving health services.
A strong health system delivers quality services to all people, when and where they need them. The exact structure and function of health systems vary from country to country, but in all cases these systems require well maintained facilities, adequate medical supplies and efficient logistics to deliver quality health care, a well-trained and adequately compensated workforce, reliable information on which to base decisions and policies, and a robust financing mechanism.
Health Resilience is the ability of a community to use its assets to strengthen public health and health care systems and improve the community’s physical, behavioral and social health to withstand, adapt to and recover from adversity.
Reliable data on the health status of individuals and communities as well as on the performance of service delivery is essential for planning, operating, monitoring and evaluating health programs in every country. Accurate data is needed on individual health, health facility performance, population health and community health surveillance.