Improving Local Health Services
Efficient, well-organised and well-supported health services can be lifesaving and life-changing. The more than 3 million children under 5 and more than 300,000 pregnant women who die each year globally from preventable deaths could be saved by access to well-equipped and well-trained healthcare professionals.
International Medical Corps and its affiliates help local health authorities provide primary and secondary healthcare services, including referral services from rural community-level clinics to large regional and national-level hospitals. We work hand-in-hand with national governments as well as local community leaders to ensure that basic healthcare is available and affordable for all—whether they are residents of remote villages or large urban centres, 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 local health authorities to advocate for the benefits of improving health services.
Areas of Focus
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 healthcare; a well-trained, adequately compensated workforce; reliable information on which to base decisions and policies; and robust financing mechanisms.
Health resilience is the ability of a community to use its assets to strengthen public health and healthcare systems, and to improve its physical, behavioural and social health systems to withstand, adapt to and recover from adversity.
Reliable data on the health status of individuals and communities, as well as on how well service is delivered, are essential for planning, operating, monitoring and evaluating health programs in every country. Accurate data are needed on individual health, health facility performance, population health and community health surveillance.