In many parts of the world, infectious diseases continue to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality. CGHPI collaborates with a broad range of partners including governments, multi-lateral and bilateral partners, faith-based organizations, communities, and civil society organizations to combat syndemic infectious diseases in multiple countries. We address multiple facets of infectious diseases of public health significance – addressing patient and population-level needs and concerns. In collaboration with the broader Georgetown global health community, CGHPI continues to bridge knowledge and practice in the management of infectious diseases through the above approaches.
Health Systems Strengthening
CGHPI works collaboratively with governments in Sub-Sahara Africa & at the continental level through the African Union, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Region to assess key bottlenecks that constrain full development of core capabilities critical for building resilience in health systems for achievement of the UHC agenda in each country. We use our learnings to work with countries to address these bottlenecks focusing on strengthening health governance and leadership; ensuring evidence-informed health policy-making practice, and; expanding health care financing fiscal space through more mobilization of domestic resources for health, allocative efficiency, and more effective priority-setting processes. In addition, all CGHPI programs are implemented through a health systems strengthening lens that emphasizes the sustained maintenance of interventions and services by local host entities in the most effective and efficient manner possible. In all countries where CGHPI operates, public, private, non-governmental, and civil society stakeholders are actively involved in health program implementation – bringing stakeholders across the health system into active collaboration and thereby enhancing local health system capacity to truly sustain interventions.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the fastest-growing cause of morbidity and mortality across the world and an increasing cause of concern in global health. In countries with significant epidemics of HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, more effective treatment and higher life expectancy are unearthing an increasing incidence of NCDs. CGHPI has been working with partners to enhance the integration of NCD services into existing stand-alone disease programs – seeking to emphasize care of the whole patient (and not specific diseases) and leverage existing platforms to address NCDs in populations where this is growing as a major cause of illness. In keeping with the Georgetown principles of ‘cura personalis’ or care for the whole person, and with the World Health Organization’s goals of universal health coverage, CGHPI is actively supporting the evolution of global health programming into a practice that emphasizes one-stop health services that take care of all health needs of patients and their families.
Global Health Security
CGHPI Global Health Security (GHS) efforts are focused on integrating key practices of GHS into country programs, thereby supporting the host government to prevent avoidable public health emergencies better, identify threats early and rapidly, and effectively respond to public health emergencies. This is being done through the use of adaptable training packages and resources for capacity building across all levels of the healthcare system, and the implementation of various Digital Health & Innovation solutions deemed to drive the implementation of critical GHS practices. Our work involves supporting countries to reach optimum capacities for Public Health Emergencies Preparedness, Response and Recovery, and developing, refining, and deploying strategies for a multi-sectoral approach to Collaborative Surveillance, Intelligence, and Community Protection.
Maternal and Child Health
Maternal mortality, as well as Neonatal, infant, and child mortality, continues to decrease across the world – particularly in less developed countries. This has been one of the most positive outcomes of concerted efforts by the global health community to combat health issues affecting mothers and children over the past three decades. CGHPI continues to contribute to this encouraging trend – maintaining focused programming and interventions on mother’s and children’s health across our programs and designing specific interventions to serve these critical populations. CGHPI also has specific programs targeting adolescents – particularly adult girls and young women – helping them transition into adulthood with the key knowledge and skills that will help them take better care of their health – including their sexual and reproductive health.