Public Health Systems



Capable health systems effectively use sufficient fiscal and human resources to design and deliver a coordinated, needs-based public health response. NASTAD Global considers this Optimized Public Health Systems.

In order for a country to effectively respond to their HIV epidemic, public health structures and processes must be in place and human resources must be equipped to use them well. To this end, optimized public health systems require a foundation of structural building blocks, and the related human resource competency and capacity to work with them.

Building Blocks of an Optimized Public Health System

Building Blocks of Optimized Public Health Systems

To support this, NASTAD Global builds the capacity of people—public health professionals’ technical, management, and leadership skills—and of structures—well defined and broadly accepted institutional systems that effectively support public health initiatives—and provides support and mentoring as skills and knowledge are leveraged to optimize public health system leadership and management.

NASTAD Global uses its member peers to work with in-country partners to clearly define needs, opportunities, and the desired outcome of the capacity-building initiative. NASTAD Global uses the definitional building blocks in the figure above to guide the capacity building plan and assess the outcomes achieved.  From there, NASTAD Global facilitates the design, development, implementation, evaluation, improvement, and institutionalization of initiatives.  

NASTAD Global’s work in support of optimized public health systems has the overall goal of improving the ability of partner countries to conduct essential public health functions. Projects in this realm generally fall into these categories:

  • Capacity building for Policy and Systems and design and mentored implementation of the related training and support systems to ensure effective use
  • Capacity building of needs- and evidence-based public health programs and support for their Implementation so local partners can lead and manage the program independently