Resilient and Responsive Health Organizations - Sustainability Communities of Practice Initiative (RRHO)

Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Client(s): HRSA

Services: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Health Systems Strengthening


High quality education, skills, and organizational capacity are paramount to building strong health systems. Yet many health providers lack the skills needed to implement effective health programs, or respond to health emergencies and ensure infection prevention and control strategies are being practiced. Strengthening institutional capacity, while a daunting challenge in any setting, can be further amplified in fragile states still recovering from civil war or epidemics, such as Ebola (Liberia, Sierra Leone), or presently lacking political stability (DRC, South Sudan).

Implemented by JSI, the HRSA-funded Resilient and Responsive Health Organizations (RRHO) project will build the capacity of fifteen diverse institutions that include schools of medicine, midwifery and nursing, professional associations, and government ministries that contribute to improving the quality of health professional education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with a potential to expand to South Sudan.

With a keen focus on leadership and governance, program and grants management, financial and administrative management, and evaluation and monitoring, JSI will help build the organizational capacity of these 15 “impact partners.” JSI is also committed to strengthening their capacity to create a transnational learning collaborative that supports knowledge exchange to effectively respond to health sector challenges.

As part of this effort, JSI will work with partners to develop capacity development plans that help to sustain their work well into the future, forge foundational relationships within their countries and across the continent, build a sustainable community of practice, and create an environment for continuous learning, sharing, and peer to peer exchange.

Throughout the five-year project period JSI’s RRHO will support and complement the HRSA’s Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS) initiative implemented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Liberia, and ICAP/Columbia University in Sierra Leone and the DRC. In so doing, both projects will jointly strengthen the ability of the impact partners to become self-learning organizations that are also interdependent and can promote and capacitate South-South engagement with the goal of contributing to PEPFAR’s human resources for health strategy.