A significant increase in funding for the Alliance, together with greater receptivity to the need to strengthen health systems and a stronger focus on health research, provide the perfect opportunity for the Alliance to enter a new phase of development. As new funding to tackle major health problems reaches countries, the obstacles presented by weak health systems to effective service delivery are receiving ever-growing recognition. Global health initiatives, international organizations, development partners and, above all, governments of developing countries recognize the urgency of strengthening health systems. There are a number of specific challenges, however, that hinder achievement and The Alliance strategy, set out in this document, aims to address these critical challenges.
The Alliance strategic plan: 10-year outlook and 2006-2008 plan. Knowledge for better healthsystems and better health, Alliance HPSR, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland, 51 pp.