JSI's Improve Primary Health Care Service Delivery (IPHCSD) project launched in 2022 to expand high-quality health services through evidence-based, primary health care (PHC) system’s strengthening. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and is being implemented in partnership with Amref Health Africa over a five year timeframe. The ultimate goal is to improve the efficacy of and linkage between PHC delivery platforms, in order to better reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health, and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) outcomes across Ethiopia.
The project is being implemented in eight agrarian and pastoralist regions throughout Ethiopia. The primary outcomes for the project are improving the quality of essential health services, securing equitable accessibility and utilization of essential health services, and strengthening technical oversight and accountability for PHC. JSI leads activities that improve the quality of essential health services, and in agrarian areas, JSI guides those activities as well as actions to ensure equitable access and use of essential health services. We also are the core partner for initiatives and approaches for thought leadership, tracking of progress and improvement actions as well as documentation regardless of geographic scope. JSI and Amref Health Africa are working together to reinforce surveillance and accountability of the PHC system. Furthermore, due to gender disparities in health service utilization, gender is also a key interest that is integrated into all aspects of implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
At the end of this five year period, RMNCAH-N outcomes will improve and there will be decreased gaps in health care service delivery between genders in Ethiopia. Furthermore, the IPHSCD project will provide invaluable information to the current evidence-base, and inform future implementation efforts.