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What is health system strengthening and why is it important to the HIV response? (video)

June 12, 2017

Without an adequate health system, the coordination and effect of HIV prevention, care and treatment services are limited. In this video, Dr. Robert Chiegil, FHI 360’s Country Director in Nigeria, outlines the multiple factors that make a health system strong. These factors include appropriately trained, skilled personnel; infrastructure, such as laboratory equipment and clean water; and pharmaceuticals that are stored properly. According to Chiegil, if one factor is addressed without the others, it is “equal to not doing anything at all.” 

Chiegil argues that HIV services should not be delivered in a silo — they must be an integrated part of the overall health system. An example of FHI 360’s integrated approach to HIV is our Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project, which is the cornerstone of our HIV work in Nigeria.