Solthis Solidarité Thérapeutique et Initiatives pour la Santé

International solidarity NGO

Created by research physicians,

Solthis contributes to improve health for all

By strengthening health systems

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STRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICES

The issues

In the world today, 400 million people lack access to essential care.

Although there has been undeniable progress in terms of global health, there are still huge areas of need, particularly in formulating a long-term solution to health concerns.

This is especially true in Africa, where health systems remain fragile because of a lack of financial resources, organisational issues and human resources. In this context, Solthis is working to develop a concrete, complete and permanent solution to public health needs.

Our strategy

We have based our intervention strategy around the objective of improving access to health services as well as increasing their quality, performance and equity for all, including the most vulnerable.

Achieving this goal would not be possible without addressing issues in every part of the health service and related infrastructure. Solthis has therefore developed its expertise in all the constituent parts of a health system, as defined by the WHO.

Strengthening the constituent parts of health services allows us to contribute to a global dynamic on a country level and to achieve real outcomes in terms of access to, and quality of, medical care, treatment, patient monitoring, health information systems, healthcare finance and the coordination of relevant actors at all levels.

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Solthis supports multidisciplinary healthcare teams in order to facilitate their work and enable them to offer the most appropriate services. This capacity building work begins with addressing skill needs. To this end, Solthis trains various healthcare professionals: clinicians, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and paramedics.

To improve patient care further and to support healthcare teams in the practical implementation of their theoretical knowledge, Solthis' medical teams assist healthcare workers in their day-to-day work with a programme of on-the-job training, mentoring or internships.

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Medicines and medical products are fundamental to quality care. The main challenges for Solthis are ensuring that healthcare providers have consistent access to quality products, eliminating supply shortages and ensuring their appropriate use.

To achieve this, Solthis provides technical assistance aimed at improving the knowledge of those involved in the various stages of the supply chain: selection, quantification, purchase, storage and local distribution. Whilst making products available is a major task, ensuring that they are then used to best effect is one of Solthis' main concerns. We therefore develop activities aimed at improving the use of medical products, whilst also taking action with regards to the quality of prescriptions, dispensation and the preparation of patients for treatment.

Solthis also supports those involved at different levels of the relevant institutions- both national and local- working particularly to coordinate the actions of all actors, to create practice reference documents, to control pharmaceutical systems allied with information systems and the training of relevant professionals.

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Laboratory and technical staff must be able to use specific tools and have the requisite skills to diagnose diseases and monitor patients. Solthis provides teams with technical and material support in arriving at, and interpreting, results. We also work to reinforce the link between technical facilities and other health services in order to ensure that test results facilitate optimal patient care. Partnerships with French hospital laboratories and scientific collaborations are also developed by Solthis to support laboratories further.

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Generating high quality, complete and up-to-date data; gathering, compiling and then analysing this information, on a number of levels, are fundamental elements of good patient monitoring, the analysis of epidemics and the evaluation of health programmes; necessary facets of a reactive and functional information system. Solthis supports partners in the selection of information and statistical tools, the integration of monitoring and evaluation into the health system, user training and the systematic exchange of information at all levels of the health system access pyramid.

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Solthis provides our partners with technical assistance in producing requests for subsidies and international funding. Solthis works to advocate the mobilisation of funds towards global health, to national, French and international authorities. Because of our position as an actor in the field as well as on an institutional level, Solthis also plays an active role in ensuring that international aid measures reflect the reality on the ground, in particular in fragile states. Finally Solthis fights for equitable access to healthcare for all, working through our research, advocacy and advisory activities, to help eliminate financial barriers to access to healthcare and to ensure the prioritisation of the solutions which are most cost-efficient for the patient as well as for the national health system.

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Solthis shares its expertise with our national partners, supporting them in formulating national health policies and strategies, norms and technical procedures in the sector. Solthis also participates in the strengthening of consultation plans and the coordination of the various institutional players, including civil society (community organisations, monitoring organisations, patient networks etc).

Solthis also supports our national partners in the creation and monitoring of the different aspects of their human resources policies and performance management; i.e. national training programmes, organisational strategies for dealing with the low pay of certain categories of healthcare workers.

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Country action

SIERRA LEONENIGERGUINEAMALIBURKINA FASOCHAD

Expertise

HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMOPERATIONAL RESEARCHCAPACITY BUILDINGHEALTH SERVICELABORATORIES AND TECHNICAL PLATFORMSHEALTH WORKFORCEHEALTH PRODUCTS AND PHARMACEUTICAL SYSTEMHEALTH FINANCINGGOVERNANCE AND HEALTH POLICIESADVOCACY

Health priority

HIV / AIDSEBOLATUBERCULOSISMOTHER AND CHILD HEALTHHEPATITISMALARIA

Associated contents

A Participatory Approach to Improving Retention in HIV Treatment and Care for Newly Diagnosed Patients in a Secondary Health Facility in Sierra Leone

2017 |  Scientific Papers

SIERRA LEONESTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESHIV / AIDS

  • Authors : Wole Ameyan, Hannah Kamara, Jaicy Sesay, Mariama Sheriff, Khadija Dumbuya, Mabinty Timbo, Sulaiman Conteh and Etienne Guillard
(Solthis, Sierra Leone)
  • Published by Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

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Biovision conference – Lyon, March 2009

2009 |  Conferences

NIGERSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESHEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM

Technical Assistance to improve HIV National Information System in Niger Author(s) : C. Dézé, G. Lurton, L. Pizarro   Download the Biovision conference Information system presentation

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GERES – Cotonou, Bénin, march 2008

2008 |  Oral presentations

NIGERSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESOPERATIONAL RESEARCHHIV / AIDS

Enquête comportementale face aux Accidents d'Exposition au Sang (AES) dans deux structures sanitaires de Zinder (Niger) Author(s) : M. Aminou Brah, C. Dézé

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