Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health ( SWASTH )

Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST)
Government of Bihar initiative supported by Department for International Development, UK

 
 

Health

SWASTH, through BTAST has led, embedded and supported a wide range of sustainable health systems strengthening activities and processes within the health sector. 
 
Key areas include: 
  • Improved capacity to govern and manage a government led system for quality assurance in the health sector.  
  • Strengthened institutional capacity and embedded systems to create a pool of skilled health workers. 
  • Increased capacity of the government to work with private sector providers.  
  • Improved procurement and supply chain management systems. 
  • Stronger public financial management systems.
 

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Knowledge Bank

The overall objective of the Assessment in 28 districts of Bihar was to undertake a review of RKS, in terms of its operational processes, funding structure and best practices.

Knowledge Bank

This guide is intended to inform organisations and individuals wishing to implement Gram Varta or become involved in monitoring and supporting activities.

Knowledge Bank

This knowledge management strategy for SWASTH is designed as a framework for guiding the knowledge collation and dissemination activities of BTAST. With a view to provide an effective knowledge base that can support universal, equitable and integrated health outcomes across communities, this strategy aims to harness the learnings from SWASTH in the areas of health; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and gender as a cross-cutting concern.

Knowledge Bank

This case study has been developed to showcase the outcomes of technical assistance provided to various health facilities identified by the state government to make quality improvements, and help them reach Family Friendly Hospital Initiative (FFHI) and National Quality Assurance Standards certification levels. The case study draws from internal documents and conversations with internal stakeholders. Information from the ground was gathered through a field trip to four health facilities including Pandaul and Rahika in Madhubani district, and Dumraon and Shahpur in Bhojpur district. This included some in-depth personal interviews and group discussions with external stakeholders. These facilities were selected as examples of facilities to get a mix of both ‘high’ performing and ‘low’ performing facilities. The health facilities of different standards and certifications were selected in order to draw a comparison and see how certification mechanisms contribute to improving the health systems.

Knowledge Bank

Reflection: Updates from SWASTH - BTAST (March 2016)

Interview

Prakash Kumar, Team Leader, Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), a health sector reform programme in Bihar supported by DFID-UK, says that the Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health (SWASTH) programme has come a long way since it was conceptualised in 2008 and all major indicators of health, social welfare & public health department have improved in the state. Excerpts from the interview:

Article

Patna: Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) released the key findings of District Level SWASTH Survey (DLSS) at a cross-sectoral knowledge s

Knowledge Bank

Reflection: Updates from

Knowledge Bank

Communities take on an active role to scrutinise records and give feedback on the government run Anganwadi Centres that provide health services to women and children.

Interview

The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, also locally known as JEEViKA, aims for social and economic empowerment of rural poor in the state. Aided by the World Bank, JEEViKA is managed by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), an autonomous body under the Department of Rural Development of the Government of Bihar (GoB). Excerpts from an interview with Shri Arvind Kumar Chaudhary (IAS), CEO-cum-State Mission Director: