Health systems in low-income countries often face challenges in the delivery of essential health services due to limited resources, lack of trained providers, and other factors.

At IGHS, we study the performance of health systems and the potential for new models of care delivery to improve the quality, equity and cost-effectiveness of health care at all levels. We also provide training and technical assistance to improve the quality of care and to grow the capacity for local healthcare education, research and clinical care. 


African Health Markets for Equity (AHME)

African Health Markets for Equity (AHME) uses National Health Insurance to link quality private providers with low-income clients in order to shift health markets toward providing higher quality healthcare to poor populations in Kenya and Ghana. IGHS runs the qualitative evaluation of the AHME program.

Building Capacity to Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

In partnership with Born Free Africa, we are working with the Ministry of Health in Kenya to grow local managerial and clinical talent to address mother-to-child transmission of HIV and, ultimately, to be able to deliver universal health coverage.

Data Quality Improvement

Through our Informatics Hub and other projects, we work with in-country partners to improve data collection, design and develop health information systems, and design and implement electronic medical records. These activities provide important information to district and national health ministries to improve health systems.

Global Strategies for Primary Health Care and the Private Sector

Many countries lack the institutions and skills to provide effective stewardship over mixed health systems, which include both the public and non-state sectors (including private practices, faith-based organizations, non-profits, social enterprises and for-profit commercial entities). IGHS researchers and their partners are helping to define a model of mixed health system stewardship for low-income countries and prioritizing investments that international development agencies could make to bolster national capabilities and achieve universal health coverage.


In partnership with national Ministries of Health and implementing partners, HEALTHQUAL designs and implements large-scale improvement activities, such as improvement collaboratives, and facilitate the establishment of sustainable and institutionalized health facility-level and national quality management (QM) programs.

Intermediary Purchasing Platforms for Public-Private Health Sector Engagement

Our Evidence to Policy Initiative examines private sector organizations helping to achieve public health goals across different low- and middle-income countries to understand their structure, financing and impact.

Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

We serve as a policy advisor and technical resource for moving this PEPFAR-funded project to its next level. MEPI aims to advance PEPFAR's goal of increasing the number of new health care workers by 140,000; strengthen in-country medical education systems; and build clinical and research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa as part of a strategy to retain faculty of medical schools and clinical professors.

Public-Private Partnerships

Since 2012, our Global Health Group has partnered with PwC Global Healthcare to form a joint fellowship to advance the study of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in health around the world. The goal of the fellowship program is to further the academic study, documentation and rigorous evaluation of PPPs, in order to increase understanding of their design, impact, costs and challenges.

Strengthening People-centered Accessibility, Respect, and Quality

The Strengthening People-centered Accessibility, Respect, and Quality (SPARQ) project is designed to improve the quality of maternal and reproductive health care for women in India and Kenya by identifying strategies that can be replicated and scaled up in local contexts and then generalized to larger locales.