Health Systems Strengthening in India


Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce.


In collaboration with the University of Manitoba, we are dedicated to supporting the Government of Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh to strengthen their public health systems. We work together to identify bottlenecks in health systems, streamline process and advocate evidence-informed health policy changes to make the public health systems more responsive and effective.

  • Human Resource for Health

We support in strengthening systems that enable availability of real-time accurate information on the entire health workforce.

We advocate for policies to address key issues related to availability of critical HR through improvement in recruitment and transfer processes, developing plans for effective task shifting, and in developing effective performance management systems.

  • Health Supply Chain and Procurement

We support the establishment and operationalisation of an institutional mechanism for procurement and distribution of quality equipment, drugs and supplies.

We support the roll out and strengthening of Logistics Management Information System to monitoring availability of drugs and commodities to ensure access to essential service and medicines.

  • Information and Evidence for Health

We support in generation of timely information and evidence for decision making. We work towards improving quality of data collected on the Health Information Management Systems and other government data systems by establishing institutional mechanism for auditing the quality of data.

We further support the government to make informed decisions on programs and policies through quantitative and qualitative surveys.

  • Digital Health

We support the development of comprehensive digital health strategy and in roll out of Information Technology enabled solutions to streamline transactional processes, to improve data quality through data capture at source, for development of integrated systems for enabling primary health care and to disseminate real time information through health dashboards to improve efficiency of the health system.

  • Private Sector Engagement

We support in leveraging the private sector in augmenting the public sector for provision of essential health services through Public Private Partnerships. IHAT supports the contract management process and establishing mechanism for oversight of the partnerships.

  • Communication and Knowledge Translation

Support in developing effective strategies for behaviour change communication and for translating best practices into programs at large scale.


The Uttar Pradesh COVID-19 Unified Data Platform

The Uttar Pradesh COVID-19 Unified Data Platform was developed and implemented as the state’s digital response to the pandemic. This comprehensive platform brought together all the public and private stakeholders engaged in the state’s COVID-19 health response, thus ensuring that the State has a single point of truth with respect to the pandemic management.

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Continuing Medical Education for strengthening core competencies of Medical Professionals

Continuing Medical Education (CME) helps increase the knowledge and skills of the medical fraternity and remain adept with the latest medical and technological developments. This document provides an overview of the Regional Resource Training Centre (RRTC) intervention, an initiative involving medical colleges to support CME for improved MNCH outcomes among public sector doctors and facility health-care teams in Uttar Pradesh.

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The Buddy Buddy Model: For Rapid Activation of First Referral Units

First Referral Units (FRUs) are required to be equipped with a specialized workforce that can manage all the major medical causes of maternal and neonatal deaths. The Buddy Buddy Model is an innovative policy initiative for activation of FRUs. It incorporates policy enablers for posting and leveraging available MBBS government medical officers trained either in Emergency Obstetrics or in Life Saving Anesthesia Skills, as a pair with complementary skills that are required to conduct C-section deliveries at inactive FRUs.

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