Ministry of Health and National Governments

MoH and national government partners set forward-looking national health policies, strengthen health systems, roll-out national public health programs, and deliver on international health commitments. They aim to increase access to quality, affordable care and achieve Universal Health Coverage

Characteristics and Strengths

  • Set national health priorities and design large-scale national public health programs
  • Lead health sector reform agenda
  • Guide the production, recruitment, and deployment of human resource for health, including community health workforce
  • Regulate both public and private health service providers
  • Set development cooperation policies and priorities in the health sector
  • Provide financial resources to sub-national governments
  • Work closely with other ministries and sub-national governments to execute national health policies
  • Compete with other ministries and government line agencies for resources
  • Have access to large-scale funding from multilateral and bilateral international agencies
  • Have an appreciation for the role of digital technology in healthcare
  • May have developed and rolled-out national digital health strategy
  • Responsible for setting digital technology and data standards
  • Often have an institutional home to anchor national digital health programs
  • May have some in-house capacity to deploy and implement digital health tools
  • Are often looking to establish partnerships for leveraging digital health technologies
  • Are leveraging data and data science to innovate on new approaches to achieving desired health outcomes
  • Have access to health systems data from the deployment of a new model of care
  • May have already invested significantly in proprietary locked-in software

Values

  • Safeguarding the health rights of the citizens
  • International commitments in health, e.g. UHC, SDG, etc.
  • National ownership of public health programs
  • National capacities to govern and manage community health programs
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Government adoption and sustainability

Needs

  • Health systems strengthening support to keep up with growing population needs and tackle emerging public health challenges, e.g. NCDs
  • Regular political commitments for increased spending in public health
  • Integration and interoperability of digital health technologies
  • Better data systems for evidence-based planning and monitoring
  • Capacity and resources to govern and manage digital health programs
  • HCD and data science capabilities