Eswatini’s health challenges include an ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, a large HIV epidemic, persistently high maternal and child mortality, a large and unaddressed burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and malnutrition. Shortcomings in the health system foundations – particularly in health financing, governance and management and service delivery - have led to poor quality of care (QoC), a significant barrier to universal health coverage (UHC) attainment.
“Building an efficient, equitable, client-centered health system for accelerated attainment of the highest standard of health for all people in Eswatini” is the policy objective of the National Health Sector Strategic Plan (NHSSP II 2019–23). To support it, the World Bank launched the Health System Strengthening for Human Capital Development in Eswatini Project (HSS4HCDP) in 2020 and is undertaking advisory service and analytics (ASA) to provide options and recommendations to inform policy and strategies on health financing, health system governance and management, and service delivery innovation through the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Fund.
PSD Japan is taking a part of ASA in development of Health Service Mapping through reviewing key documentations, consulting with stakeholders such as Government officials, service providers, development partners and so on, facilitating workshops working with other Bank members and a national consultant.