Improving the quality and coverage of health services is an important part of the Strategic Plan for an Emerging Gabon, a government strategy to transition Gabon from an upper-middle-income economy to an emerging economy by 2025.

While the country has already achieved better economic status than nearly all others in sub-Saharan Africa, Gabon's health indicators have remained more typical of low income nations—the most recent WHO figures indicate a child mortality rate of 56/1,000 live births and a maternal mortality rate of 240/100,000 live births.

MSH identified key factors influencing health outcomes in Gabon through a 2012 assessment of the national health system. Results of the assessment showed that measures to improve the performance of the health care system should prioritize: strengthening governance; increasing the use of health information to inform decision making; preventing health commodity stock-outs; ensuring balanced distribution of human resources and financing for health; and updating outdated infrastructure and equipment.

These priorities are now being addressed through a 2015-2020 agreement between MSH and the Government of Gabon known as the Gabon Health Reform Support Program (Programme d'appui à la réforme sanitaire du Gabon). The program pursues a series of health sector reforms defined in the Strategic Plan for an Emerging Gabon, including the introduction of results-based financing for public health facilities, and more generally supports the country's National Health Development Plan.

Our Projects

Project Name Health Systems Health Areas Date
African Strategies for Health
Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services Malaria, Tuberculosis, Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health, HIV & AIDS 2011 - 2016
Gabon Health Reform Support Program
Leadership, Management & Governance, Pharmaceutical Management, Financing Health Services HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health 2015 - 2018