Banyan Global is a subcontractor to Abt Associates on the $209 million, five-year USAID -funded The Local Health System Sustainability (LHSS) Project under the Integrated Health Systems award that works globally in up to 52 countries to strengthen their health systems as a means to achieve universal health coverage and improve population health and well-being. With an eye toward empowering countries to transition away from donor support, the project is strengthening the capacity of local organizations to lead implementation. Banyan Global is responsible for providing technical assistance to increase financial protection, population coverage, and service coverage of quality essential services. Banyan Global also leads work to increase private investment in the health sector and to promote gender integration and social inclusion.
In 2019, USAID awarded its Inclusive Health Access Prize to five private organizations in Africa and India whose innovations showed promise for improving the accountability, affordability, accessibility, and reliability of health care for poor and vulnerable populations. LHSS collaborated with the five prize winners to strengthen their capacity to sustainably scale up their innovations and serve more people. This report describes the assistance LHSS provided to each organization and shares lessons learned.