Local and Sub-National Governments
Local government partners aim to increase access to quality, affordable care and maximize impact from resource investments in health.
Characteristics and Strengths
- They are often led by locally elected political leaders and are motivated to demonstrate health impacts for continued political support
- Tend to be more accountable to local communities
- Have a thorough understanding of the local context and health needs of local communities
- They often have the legal and administrative mandate to set local health priorities, plan, allocate and mobilize resources, and deliver primary health care to their respective communities
- They are guided by national health strategy and community health strategy
- They are responsible for managing CHWs
- They are often motivated to adopt digital health technologies
- May have deployed, or are planning to deploy, digital health tools in the community health space
- Comparatively, they have less cumbersome bureaucratic processes and red-tape in building partnerships
- Health and well-being of their citizens
- Equitable access to quality health care services
- Social health protection of their constituencies
- Local leadership and decentralization in health
- Innovation and digital technologies in community health space
- High impact door-step health care
- Community participation
- Partnerships with non-state actors
- Health systems strengthening support to keep up with growing population needs and tackle emerging public health challenges, e.g. NCDs
- Better institutional capacities to manage community health programs
- Regular guidance, coordination and support from the state/provincial and national governments
- Better data systems for evidence-based planning and monitoring
- Technical partnership and support to manage digital health technologies
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