This review paper examines the extent to which the core, public health capacities developed for the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR). are also being applied in a manner that supports health systems strengthening (HSS). Produced under the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET), the paper reviews evidence on the IHR 2005 design, capacities and implementation on HSS in east and southern African countries, particularly in relation to: a. Capacities of community health and primary-level health personnel and service capacities, including health information systems to this level; b. Public health system capacities and functioning relevant to food safety; and c. Ensuring laboratory and pharmaceutical personnel capacities. The paper explores the synergies and opportunities being generated, or not, between investments in IHR implementations and these three areas of HSS in the 16 ESA countries covered by EQUINET. It identifies key weaknesses and challenges and highlights case studies of good practice within the region.
Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Equitable health services, Human resources for health
Title of publication EQUINET Discussion paper 116: The International Health Regulations and health systems strengthening in east and southern Africa: A desk review
Date of publication
The International Health Regulations and health systems strengthening in east and southern Africa: A desk review, EQUINET discussion paper 116, SEATINI, TARSC, EQUINET, Harare
International health regulations; health system strengthening; community health; food safety; pharmaceuticals; east and southern Africa
East and southern Africa region
Equinet Publication Type