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The Health Systems Practice works with in-country partners to create conditions for transformational change aimed at improving health, especially of the poor. Our work aims to:

  • Transfer and facilitate use of state-of-the-art technical knowledge on health systems, particularly on financing and payment, service delivery, institutional organization, regulation, and governance, and  on health outcomes and strategic planning
  • Develop the capacity of regional networks of partner institutions
  • Create a space for countries to exchange knowledge and experience
  • Help countries introduce transformational change by developing leadership and consensus-building skills
  • Develop and foster communities of practitioners who share similar policy reform goals.

Our 4 related business lines:

1. Content 
WBIHS and our partner institutions build cutting-edge technical content for our learning products, also taking into account the political economy and “how-to” of reforms.

2. Global learning and knowledge exchange
Our Global Learning Products alumni include 19,000 people in 52 countries who have completed our flagship Health Systems Strengthening Program, and 21,000 people in 70 countries who have taken our e-learning courses, Learning and knowledge exchange takes place face-to-face, on-line, and in videoconferences.

3.  Country and Regional Learning
Our many regional partners & networks customize learning programs to country/regional needs and become centers of knowledge exchange. These include, for example, the Asia network for Capacity Building in health Systems Strengthening, and the Africa Francophone Network in West Africa.

4. Translating Knowledge into Practice for Results
Bridging the gap between technical knowledge and results includes knowledge exchange among countries, and hands-on practitioner to practitioner learning. This is done through the GDLN network of video conferencing sites, the web and face-to-face, communities of practice, leadership, consensus & coalition building; and action learning for results.

Learning and knowledge exchange methods:

Face-to-face classroom-based courses, one to three weeks in duration, employ a variety of interactive learning techniques—moderated debates, role-playing, case-based learning, facilitated discussions, and group work—to facilitate information exchange and collaborative learning.

When time is limited and distance are great, videoconferencing provides an interactive platform for delivering training to broad audiences and enables discussion and debates within and across countries and regions. Two-way video enables real time communication among multiple sites simultaneously.

Facilitated and self-paced web-based courses, and online discussions enable engaging and interactive learning to take place. These tools are cost-effective ways of reaching a large audience. They are easy to translate into multiple languages and facilitate the building of communities of practice.

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