Building resilient and flexible health systems ensures that everyone, especially poor and underserved populations, has access to essential health services without experiencing financial hardship. These same health systems protect entire communities in the face of emerging health crises and conflict. We address the root causes and underlying system behaviors that negatively impact health outcomes by supporting country-led efforts to improve health system resilience and promote transition from donor dependence. We work across the functional ‘building blocks’ of the health system, teaching local stakeholders to see health within the broader operating environment and to design and implement evidence-based solutions to systematically improve health system performance. As a multidisciplinary organization, Chemonics increases domestic resources for development, improves accountability, secures political will, and strengthens public sector systems to support countries in their journey toward self-reliant health systems.
Better Health Systems to Respond to HIV/AIDS
How can health systems better serve people who are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS? Chemonics Director and HIV/AIDS Expert Rene Berger explores what it takes to provide services to those who need it most.
Rwanda Country Director, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project
Maternal and Child Health Director, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project
Scaling HIV and TB Prevention and Treatment in Nigeria
Supporting the implementation and scaling of HIV and TB prevention and treatment programs is key for improving the ability of Nigerian state and local health systems.
Fostering Responsible Local Stewardship of Global Fund Grants
Supporting national committees that coordinate Global Fund grants reinforces local ownership and strengthens the effort to end the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics.
Promoting Supply Chain Integration in Côte d’Ivoire
By integrating the health product supply chain, patients in Côte d’Ivoire benefitted from critical health services.
Improving Health and Human Capital in Bangladesh
A sustainable, gender-sensitive, pro-poor social enterprise is helping Bangladesh get closer to achieving universal health coverage.
Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.
Catalyzing Behavioral Change
High-impact communications campaigns transformed awareness and prevention of health challenges in Zambian communities.
Delivering Family Health Services in Rwanda
Rwanda made great strides in improving its previously faltering health care system, but family health services still had a long way to go.
Diagnosing and Treating Malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Malaria is an entirely treatable disease, yet it continues to take a devastating toll on communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Strengthening Human Resources for Health Worldwide
In many low- and middle-income countries, health systems face shortages of qualified health workers, and decision-makers lack the data and tools needed to optimize existing resources.
News: Chemonics and Howard University Launch Pharmacy Practice Fellowship
Chemonics International, one of the world’s largest international development companies, and Howard University, a leading institution for educating professionals in health, science, engineering, and more, are proud to announce the launch of the joint Pharmacy Practice Fellowship. The fellowship, which will commence in July 2021, complements Chemonics’ and Howard’s ongoing collaboration with the College of…
The Next Pandemic: Three Ways to Prepare
This post originally appeared on the USGLC blog on July 8, 2020. Despite the multiple mechanisms that exist to respond to infectious disease threats, including the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), only 11 percent of countries have plans to dispense medical countermeasures during health emergencies and 27 percent have an updated…
3 Questions with Antonio Mussa: Cyclones, COVID-19, and Antimalarial Interventions
Devastating cyclones and global pandemics like COVID-19 can distract Mozambicans from addressing the pervasive problem of malaria, which is often seen as a part of daily life even though it is responsible for 29 percent of all deaths in the country. As COVID-19 spreads through Mozambique’s northern provinces, Antonio Mussa, chief of party of the Chemonics-led…
3 Questions with Victoria Cooper: Ebola, COVID-19, and Global Development
As chief of party for the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Government project, Vicki Cooper led efforts to strengthen Liberia’s health, education, and economic growth sectors through enhanced information, communication, and technology capabilities in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. 1. How can the global development community use lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in Liberia…
Recommendations for a Diverse, Sustained Health Workforce
There are simply not enough health workers to meet the basic health needs of all people worldwide. This prevents development practitioners from contributing to higher-performing health systems, as we struggle to make the most with the health professionals we have available, who are often concentrated in urban areas, working in professional silos, and failing to…
To Squash Superbugs, Look to Behavior Change
In Alexander Fleming’s 1945 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, in honor of his discovery of penicillin, he included a cautionary tale of a young man who was plagued by a sore throat and cough during a leisurely walk home after a long day’s work. The man in Fleming’s story passes a local pharmacy and purchases antibiotics.…
What Do Women Want? Clean Toilets in Healthcare Facilities
White Ribbon Alliance launched the global What Women Want campaign in 2018. The alliance asked 1.2 million women and girls from 114 countries, “What is your one request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services?” Their answers surprised many. Second only to respectful and dignified care, women asked for improved access to water, sanitation, and…
Ready. Set. Prepared: How the One Health Approach Strengthens National Epidemic Response
A bus stops at the Namanga One Stop Border Post along the Kenya-Tanzania border when some of its passengers begin to fall ill. Amid recent reports of a disease outbreak in the nearby community, health workers are ready and dressed in personal protective equipment. They climb aboard to triage; one attempts to collect information from…
News: Chemonics Explores Practical Applications of Health Systems Thinking in Action
On September 19, Chemonics hosted Beyond Building Blocks, Part II: Health Systems Thinking in Action to explore how health systems thinking is applied in different programs and at different levels to foster a better understanding of the complex interconnectivity of health systems interventions. Held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the event applied…
News: Partnerships and Innovation – Chemonics at #GHPC19
Every year, CORE Group’s Global Health Practitioner Conference (GHPC) convenes global community health professionals to share knowledge, evidence, and best practices. Chemonics is proud to sponsor CORE Group’s flagship annual conference, taking place in Bethesda, Maryland from May 6 to 9. The 2019 GHPC theme is partnerships and innovations for community health. More than 300…
News: Chemonics Takes “A Critical Look at Health Systems Thinking”
In the global development community, there is a growing call to design and implement interventions that take a more holistic view of the health system. Systems thinking makes this possible and allows donors and implementing partners to better understand the interactions, behaviors, and effects within the wider health system. On March 14, Chemonics hosted Beyond…
Partnering with Faith-based Organizations to Achieve Health for All
To achieve health for all, the global health community needs the participation of everyone working in the health system: public, private, or not-for-profit. Often global health programming focuses on public sector health systems. But, by some accounts, faith-based organizations deliver between 30 and 70 percent of health services across sub-Saharan Africa. To provide equitable and accessible health services…
Can We Actually Think and Work Politically?
Development is not working — at least not at the scale or pace needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the central, fact-based premise behind calls and movements to do development differently from host-country recipients of aid, international organizations, donors, and implementing partners. Such calls emphasize adaptive, locally-owned, problem-solving approaches to tackle chronic development challenges.…
Want Global Health Security? Look to Health Systems, Financing, and the Private Sector
With the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the worst famine of the century in Yemen as a backdrop, delegations from member countries gathered in Bali last month for the Fifth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting. Since its inception in 2014, the GHSA has achieved a considerable number of…
“Imagine All the People” Living Healthy Lives: Personal Reflections on Themes from HSR2018
Last month was a magnificent culmination of events for us global health dreamers, with the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2018) taking place in Liverpool, United Kingdom, the birthplace of the Beatles. Raised on my parents’ Fab Four vinyls, I walked along the River Mersey with John Lennon’s lyrics in my head. The…