Oceania Project Briefs

Oceania Project

The overall goal of this project is to inform a short- and long-term plan for enhancing the ability of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau to fulfill priority health systems functions.

To that end, the project is working toward the following objectives:

  • Conduct a full needs assessment of the countries’ health systems to determine capacity and responsiveness to population health needs of citizens and residents, including workforce, service delivery, and public health surveillance and preparedness needs
  • Undertake a stakeholder mapping and network analysis to assess the role of the Fiji School of Medicine as a regional hub for clinical, public health, and epidemiological training to meet the nation’s health workforce needs going forward
  • Propose a plan to enhance the capacity of the nations’ health system structures and responsiveness, including a health workforce development plan

The project deliverables are:

  • Repository of reference documents and local contacts, which will be made available to the Ministry of Health, USU at the end of the project to inform a continuing learning agenda
  • Desktop review
  • Health services availability and readiness assessment (staffing resources, infrastructure, availability of services, diagnostics, commodities, and a master facility list)
  • Consultative priority setting exercise and actionable recommendations (strategic framework and investment plan for sustainable improvements to public health surveillance, health workforce development, health policy, and governance strengthening, and health security preparedness)
  • Final report