Health Care Infrastructure

Human health will improve, and the burden of infectious disease will be reduced, only if significant investments are made in the infrastructure for providing health care.

An adequate health care infrastructure has many components: physical facilities that make care accessible; laboratory, training, and other support facilities; reliable supplies of pharmaceuticals and other materials; trained staff and professional training systems; and mechanisms to distribute resources and expertise to people who need them. An adequate system is capable of providing preventive, diagnostic, and curative care, according to the requirements of the people being served.

The IZUMI Foundation supports projects that strengthen local systems for delivering health care, as well as national and regional systems that support the provision of care at the local level. The foundation is interested in cost-effective innovations that make good health care more accessible to poor people and communities.