By Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, PSI
Strong health systems matter deeply to our individual abilities to survive and thrive amidst evolving health challenges.
But these health systems are complex. And no matter what the health challenge of the day, one thing is clear: we need to make it easier for consumers to choose quality and affordable care.
Consumers need and expect a health system that works for them, for their communities, and for the health workforce. And policy environments need to favor this sort of consumer-powered health system.
Alongside governments, funders and partners, PSI works to make that evolution easier. We’ve:
- Championed the essential role of self-care so consumers can exercise greater autonomy and control over their health
- Engaged with and listened to communities to better understand their needs, preferences, and behavior
- Taken a digital-forward approach to streamline the provision of and access to quality care, including designing, deploying and integrating digital solutions to strengthen health workforce development
- Employed mechanisms to capture relevant and quality real-time data so that systems can respond better to emerging and ongoing threats such as pandemics and climate related shocks.
In 2022, our locally rooted, globally connected network in 40+ countries continued to tackle health challenges around the world and made significant progress:
- Delivering life-saving healthcare from treating malaria to delivering safe abortion services
- Advancing quality-of-care by using the most consumer-friendly digital tools
- Building on our pioneering role in scaling HIV self-testing to grow the market for Hepatitis C and COVID-19 self-testing
- Learning from and partnering with the industry leaders – including Meta, Organon and Microsoft – to integrate existing and emerging telehealth and AI-powered interventions
- Bringing forth multiple new high-performing national health NGOs through spin-offs from PSI’s international NGO structure
And yet, we’re not satisfied with where we’ve landed. Health needs remain great – and are only growing. And we’re in the business of ensuring no one is left behind in our collective journey toward Universal Health Coverage and achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
As we look ahead, we know we must continue to innovate and refine our approach –cultivating new and deeper partnerships; integrating solutions that bring better efficiency for consumers and the health workforce; and delivering solutions that lead to greater climate resilience, sustainability, and long-term impact.
PSI welcomes this challenge. We thank you for being partners in this journey.