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Cordaid health care

Health care

We support local healthcare organisations and institutions and provide them with the necessary means to improve their services. This saves many lives. Our quality healthcare programmes prevent and treat HIV infections, reduce maternal and infant deaths and help people cope with trauma through professional psychosocial support.

Health system strengthening

Results-based financing and performance-based financing are our guiding approaches to strengthening health systems. This means we link funding directly to performance: healthcare providers receive payments after verification of their outputs, in terms of agreed quantity, quality and client satisfaction indicators.

This transforms the governance of health systems. The strategy introduces checks and balances, motivates staff, and involves government authorities. Communities are also engaged, in both the governance of the health facility and in local health promotion.

System strengthening: the sustainable way forward

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Sexual and reproductive health and rights

Another important pillar of our work in health care is the empowerment of young women and men, regardless of gender, age, religion, and sexual orientation, to make lifesaving choices related to their own sexual and reproductive health and rights. We do this by promoting informed decision-making and providing services, education, contraceptives, and medicines.

Mental health and psychosocial support

Our mental health and psychosocial support programmes deal with unmet needs in areas that are affected by war and conflict. Cordaid addresses individual and collective trauma. Health workers and social workers provide diagnosis and treatment, while community outreach workers are trained and support groups are formed for follow-up support and reintegration.

Global health security 

Health crises and epidemics occur frequently in fragile countries. Cordaid supports health systems by training staff to be prepared for outbreaks and sudden demands for personnel and supplies. 

Health and climate change

Evidence of climate-sensitive diseases and epidemics, such as malnutrition, dengue and malaria, have special attention in our advocacy efforts. 

Data-driven decisions 

Our data-driven projects contribute to more transparency and accountability. Data analysis allows for constant monitoring of projects, flexibility and more cost-effective and strategic allocation of resources. This leads to better policies and improved availability, accessibility and quality of health services.

With our work on this topic, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations:






  • Triple nexus

    We aim to link relief to rehabilitation, development and peace
  • Climate justice

    We actively pursue sustainability principles across all our activities
  • Gender equity

    We want equal rights for women, men, and non-binary people
  • Diversity and inclusion

    We need diversity to build peaceful, equitable and resilient societies