Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says the government is taking a multisectoral approach in the fight against cancer.
Speaking in Naivasha at the close of the two-day national cancer stakeholder retreat, the Health CS said the health ministry is creating an enabling environment that will enable collaboration between the public sector, faith-based organizations and the private sector.
“We want to create an equitable delivery of services, but above all, the way of managing health care. We want collaboration rather than ownership, Kagwe said.
The Health CS said the government has put in place a number of interventions to address existing gaps as it moves to improve the public sector's capacity to better address emerging health challenges, especially the threat of cancer.
“What I am doing is not new, it is what you have always wanted to do. We need to quickly get the basics right. We are working to equip our hospitals so they can care for our cancer patients and avoid traveling abroad for treatment. “She told the forum.
“But how are we going to manage cancer in terms of structures?” raised the CS. Kagwe said deliberations such as those witnessed during the cancer task force retreat that brought together health ministry officials and stakeholders will help formulate policies that will address existing gaps.
The Health CS said that in addition to the team, it was necessary to establish the necessary structures and human capital to ensure that the country has the best cancer care available anywhere in the world.
“We are looking at the full scope, from surveillance, diagnosis and treatment. What we have lacked in this country is vigilance and diagnosis. We must also discuss lifestyles, because if we manage to prevent this disease from attacking our people, we will have reduced the burden of cancer”. He observed the CS.
According to the CS, the launch of the Integrated Molecular Imaging Services at the Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital for cancer diagnosis and management has boosted the country's ability to detect, treat and manage cancer to a brand new. The facility is a state-of-the-art PUBLIC IMIC and a first not only in Kenya but also in the region. The IMIC center has a commercial cyclotron, 2 PET-CT, a SPECT-C machine, 256 Slice CT and a 3.0 Tesla MRI.
“Next month, we are laying the foundation stone for a cancer center in Kisumu, the Nakuru cancer center is ready for commissioning, and the Garissa center will be next. What we have done in the last three years has never been done before”, the CS informed the forum.
This even when he said that the investments made by the government must be accompanied by the necessary human skills.
Speaking at the same event, NHIF CEO Peter Kamunyo said that the fund has since expanded the scope of its services in line with the UHC agenda.
“Over the years, we have continued to expand our benefits to ensure that as many Kenyans as possible benefit. We continue to improve the cancer package that was first introduced in 2016.” Kamunyo said.
Among the recommendations proposed during the forum included the need to develop a comprehensive care plan according to national cancer treatment protocols so that the NHIF covers it in full and is reimbursed at a standard rate in all facilities, prioritize exemptions of taxes for cancer health products and technologies according to the Ministry of Health. essential lists and establishment of more oncology programs, as well as guidance on the scope of practice of the various oncology training programs in the country aligned to the strategic approach to cancer control for the country, depending on the level of care. Others include the amendment of the National Cancer Prevention and Control Act of 2012 and the development of regulations to make the Institute operational, as well as offering free cancer screening tests and early diagnosis under UHC for priority cancers, as well as the development of a policy for patient screening and eligibility. caregivers visiting health centers and inpatients as part of a routine checkup.
The Cancer Task Force was constituted by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the Chief Secretary for Health on May 10, 2021. The task force is made up of seven members with Dr. Mary Nyangasi and Dr. Miriam Mutebi acting as co-chairs. Others are Dr. Alfred Karagu, who is the secretary of the working group, Dr. Loise Nyanjau, Mr. Benjamin Inoti, and Mr. Patrick Mathagu.
Cancer stakeholders remain optimistic that the country is on the right track amid enhanced efforts to address the health challenge.
Speaking in Naivasha at the start of a two-day national cancer stakeholder retreat, COG health committee chairman and also Kisumu governor Professor Anyang' Nyong'o said the country has seen efforts intensified efforts aimed at addressing the challenge even as it called for more investment and greater collaboration with the private sector.
“We all have an important role in placing preventive health as a central pillar of our health services, including cancer. Let's focus on the new UHC and NHIF and see how they can work together to support primary health care to conclusively treat cancer." The Kisumu governor observed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the importance of health research in finding solutions to health challenges. To address the most urgent health priorities using evidence-based solutions, the Ministry of Health and Human Services of the Federal Government of Somalia and the National Institute of Health (NIH), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, convened the first health research conference in Garowe, Puntland, from January 30 to February 1, 2022.
Some of the brightest Somali minds gathered at the event ─ 200 national and international researchers ─ to present 51 previously unpublished research briefs, showcasing new evidence and best practices around public health action in Somalia that no one had ever researched before in the country nor did it have any previously generated evidence on these priority public health issues. Overall, Somali authors submitted 91 abstracts; the rest were already published or did not meet the expected criteria.
Dignitaries who participated in the conference included: HE Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur, Federal Minister of Health and Human Services; HE Dr. Jama Farah Hassan, Minister of Health, Puntland; HE Per Lindgarde, Swedish Ambassador to Somalia; Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative in Somalia and Head of Mission. Also participating were representatives from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Swedish Public Health Agency (PHAS), and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), and colleagues from Umea University and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Professor Khalif Bile, Chairman of the NIH Board of Directors and Chairman of the NIH Research Conference Scientific Committee, spearheaded the event and took it from idea to reality. Under the leadership of NIH Executive Director Dr. Abdifatah Diriye Ahmed, NIH Public Health Specialist and Research Coordinator Dr. Mukhtar Bulale organized the conference, bringing together all relevant stakeholders.
Institutions that support the NIH
WHO provided financial support to the conference, through the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), which aims to build health systems research capacity for low- and middle-income countries and use new knowledge and evidence from public health research to establish policies that build the support system. AHPSR promotes the generation and use of health policy and systems research to improve health systems in low- and middle-income countries, such as Somalia, while building the research capacity of institutions, systems, and individuals.
Other WHO partners supporting this first research conference include PHAS, which provided financial support to the conference, and collaborates with NIH, as well as AFENET and SIDA, which provide regular technical support to NIH activities.
Academia members from 32 public, private, and international universities attended the conference and supported the NIH team at various stages of planning and implementation.
Budding young Somali researchers spark a ray of hope
Conference participants included scientific and technical committees, organizers, presenters, stakeholders, panelists and partners. The event's scientific committee evaluated the abstracts, advised some of the authors whose abstracts needed further refinement, and developed guidelines and checklists for peer review of studies.
Of the 51 researchers, seven were women. In addition, 10 trainees from the first Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP-Frontline) conducted in Somalia in 2021, with the support of WHO, PHAS, AFENET and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States (US CDC), offered support to carry out the research conference.
Sadia Hussein, one of two trainees in the first FETP cohort to submit an abstract and a WHO public health specialist, explained that she came up with the idea for her study while working in Deynile, Banadir, as part of fieldwork. of the FETP. . He added that he enjoyed participating in the conference, as it was a forum where researchers and experts met with policymakers to showcase their research skills, while highlighting gaps in the health system and linking research with the overall health picture.
The researchers presented a wide range of topics.
The researchers presented their findings on six topics that had been selected after considering the Essential Package of Health Services (Somalia EPHS 2020), universal health coverage (UHC), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The researchers presented 10 abstracts under the theme of health systems; 15 as part of reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health; 18 in communicable diseases; 8 as part of noncommunicable diseases. The panelists made 12 informative presentations related to the topics of production and dissemination of health research; and research training and capacity building, linking research with action.
Presenters stimulated thought-provoking discussions between sessions, including strengthening pharmacovigilance and drug regulation; increase and motivate human resources for health; occupational safety of health workers with the introduction of new diagnostics, improving access to medical care for women; and provide compassionate care while maintaining the dignity and privacy of patients. They discussed how to reduce and eliminate the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM); and hiring community midwife assistants to improve maternal health care in rural areas. The only experimental study that was presented focused on 'Effects of coenzyme Q10 on peripheral nerve injury: an electrophysiological study', presented by a university professor.
In addition, participants discussed how to address the high burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Somalia and the need to deploy community health workers to improve early detection of the disease, in order to achieve the SDG target of ending epidemics of the disease. tuberculosis by 2030. These rich discussions are intended to spur changes in policy and programming eventually.
Introduction of the first Somali journal of health action
As another important milestone, the NIH Board of Directors launched the Somali Health Action Journal (SHAJ) at the conference. This is the first Somali health journal to receive articles, facilitate peer review, motivate Somalis to do more research, write and publish new articles, and take advantage of opportunities to disseminate and use research for policy and design of useful programs. .
The editors of the journal pledged to support young Somali researchers by advising them where possible. The magazine aims to inspire the young and future generations of Somali health professionals to study different topics that will lead to innovations in the health of the country.
Research must address the country's problems
Her Excellency Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur, Minister of Health and Human Services of Somalia, commended the NIH, its board of directors, and scientific committees for motivating several young Somalis to present their findings on critical health issues.
“I encourage you to document these national efforts ─ both what works and what doesn't and why ─ but, above all, provide us with solutions that can address the challenges we face,” he said, while thanking the partners who made the event a resounding success.
While praising the Government of Somalia for its exemplary role in organizing such a historic event, praising international researchers for visiting Puntland for the historic meeting, and partners like PHAS for their support, Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik inspired young and experienced Somali researchers. announcing that WHO will work with NIH to introduce state-of-the-art libraries in all Somali Ministry of Health buildings. He also added that the WHO would award young researchers nominated by the NIH for the best research presented at future conferences.
Dr. Malik reminded the audience that in 1990 it was noted that only 10% of global health research was allocated to address 90% of global health problems. A commission set up to tackle this problem warned that if this disparity did not change, the world would experience a huge burden of infectious diseases, increasing rates of tuberculosis, malaria and epidemics of non-communicable diseases, including heart disease. As predicted, Dr. Malik explained, the world is now experiencing a high burden of these diseases, including infectious and non-communicable diseases.
“I encourage you to develop a national health research agenda and improve collaboration between the public and private sectors, especially universities,” said Dr. Mamunur Malik. “In addition, research must contribute to improving national health. For example, diarrhea and malaria contribute to a high burden of disease, but people do not have access to health services. Research should help tackle problems like this and how to improve access in fragile settings like Somalia, tackle health inequalities and increase access to medicines so people can lead healthier lives.”
Putting Somalia on the global research map
On behalf of the NIH team, Dr. Mukhtar Bulale explained that the sessions were successful and led to rich discussions answering questions, which was an iconic symbol illustrating useful nationally owned health research.
“Although we started small, this conference has put Somalia on the global research map. Seeing young researchers give their best has given us immense hope that Somalia's health research development is undergoing a recovery phase. We saw at the conference a unity of purpose, solidarity, and enthusiasm for research partnerships and solutions to challenges. I urge stakeholders to make sure they don't miss out on the opportunity to support these young and dynamic researchers,” said Dr. Bulale.
At the end of the conference, the Federal Ministry of Health, NIH and stakeholders advocated for sustained investment in health research to further promote the 2020 Essential Health Services Package, which would benefit the Somali population. They also resolved to promote health system research, linking it to public policy making, while ensuring that it focuses on addressing existing barriers to health service delivery. This implies the development of a national research agenda to invest (attention, resources and skills) in research that results in better health outcomes for populations and thematic areas where more evidence is required to inform policies and strategies. Together, they also committed to fostering public-private sector cooperation in health system research and promoting the development of innovative technologies and approaches. The partners resolved to strengthen the links between evidence generation and healthcare provision, while calling on all national and international stakeholders to build the capacity of learning institutions and facilitate high-quality research in the world. country.
The Head of State reiterated his call for all Kenyans to register with the National Health Insurance Fund to facilitate their access to treatment.NAIROBI, Kenya, February 8, 2022/APO Group/ --
President Uhuru Kenyatta today inaugurated a state-of-the-art regional cancer center at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital in Mombasa.
The state-of-the-art facility, developed in partnership between the national government and Mombasa County Government as part of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pillar of the Big 4 Agenda, features state-of-the-art equipment to offer comprehensive cancer care .
The center which will serve cancer patients in the region and beyond becomes the second public facility of its kind in Kenya after the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital.
Speaking after launching the cancer center, President Kenyatta praised the partnership between the national government and county governments in providing health services to Kenyans.
Citing the example of the cancer center, the president emphasized that without cooperation between the two levels of government, no significant development would be achieved.
“This hospital is now in a position to provide services because we sat down with the governor who offered us the land so that we, as the national government, could set up the infrastructure and install modern equipment.
“We are doing all of this to ensure that the Wananchi have unrestricted access to quality health services. We are doing these things not only in Mombasa but throughout the country,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State reiterated his call for all Kenyans to register with the National Health Insurance Fund to facilitate their access to treatment.
President Kenyatta added that he is advocating for continuity in leadership so that Kenyans continue to enjoy the services his government has started, including UHC and improved infrastructure, among others.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the launch of the specialist cancer center is part of the president's updating of UHC's vision of ensuring Kenyans have access to excellent health standards at affordable costs.
“We thank them because it is very easy to take things for granted, it is easy to assume that any other leadership would have brought similar developments. But without good leadership there would be no development,” said CS Kagwe.
CS Kagwe noted that a similar cancer center will open in Nakuru next month, followed by Garissa, Kisumu and Nyeri counties.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho praised the cooperation between the national and county governments, saying he had fostered the vision of establishing a cancer center for a long time, but was only able to realize it when President Kenyatta's leadership began work on close collaboration with the opposition.
“Whoever criticizes our cooperation with you (President Kenyatta) does not have the interests of Kenyans in mind. Much of the progress we have made in my second term has been the result of our joint work with the national government,” Governor Joho said.
The Governor added that for the first time in Mombasa's history, a large number of patients from private hospitals are seeking treatment at the public hospital.
“Your Excellency, I want to confirm that we are overwhelmed by the referrals that come to us from private hospitals. Your Excellency, I also want to confirm that we are overwhelmed by the type of support we are receiving from private sector professionals, consultants and physicians who want to practice here,” the Governor said.
President Kenyatta commended the county government's leadership in prioritizing people's health and championing medical tourism, saying this will help expand the county's revenue base.
To this day, a total of 12,390,116 doses have been administered and we are well aimed at the goal we have set ourselvesNAIROBI, Kenya, February 7, 2022/APO Group/ --
President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the national enlargement of universal health coverage (UHC) with a call to all to enroll in the National Health Box (NHIF).
The Chairman affirmed the Government's commitment to disseminate the benefits of UHC throughout the country through the development of an focused policy to accelerate its implementation.
"In this sense, my administration has developed the policy of universal health coverage, which covers the period 2020-2030, to guide the acceleration of progress in achieving universal health coverage," said the president.
The president spoke at the hospital of the subcondation of Port Reitz in Mombasa, where he said that the pandemic of Covid-19 has revealed the urgent need of the country to improve the implementation of UHC.
"Under this pillar, we seek to eradicate the 'poverty of dignity' and the transition from our nation to an era in which no Kenyan should be forced to choose between medical bills and other essential needs," said President Kenyatta.
Regarding UHC, the Head of State said that the program began in the country in 2013 with the launch of the highly acclaimed free maternity program called “Linda Mama”, which currently benefits more than one million mothers a year.
He described several initiatives that the Government has implemented to guarantee the successful implementation of UHC, including investment in health infrastructure and the development of a digital health platform to support the effective monitoring of the health sector.
Regarding the health infrastructure, President Kenyatta said the investments that the Government has made since 2013 have seen an increase of 43 percent in public health facilities of 4429 facilities in 2013 to 6342 today.
"In the same period, our UCI capacity has increased in an impressive 502 percent; And our total capacity of the hospital bed has also increased significantly by 47 percent, "said President Kenyatta.
The president said the government has also fully financed the improvement of hospitals in the 47 counties as national reference hospitals with state-of-the-art specialized medical equipment.
He said that the Government has developed the list of essential drugs from Kenya, the list of essential medical supplies and the list of medical laboratories in Kenya to improve the availability of essential medicines and supplies.
"These Lists are intended to guide health establishments in the selection and investment of commodities," said the Head of State.
To address the scarcity of human resources, President Kenyatta said that the country has increased the total number of health workers in the public and private sectors by 41 percent in the last 10 years.
In addition, the President said that 15,234 health workers were recruited under the Universal Health Coverage program and the management of COVID-19.
“Furthermore, community health coverage has also increased from 10 percent in 2013 to the current 91 percent, reflecting an increased capacity of community health staff to respond to 8663 Community Health Units around the world. country," he said.
In a holistic approach to the entire government, President Kenyatta said that facilitating ministries, including water, energy, ICT and infrastructure, have also committed to ensuring that other key services are available in health facilities.
Regarding Covid-19, President Kenyatta urged all Kenyans to get vaccinated and continue to observe the Ministry of Health's protocols, even as he noted the progress the country has made in the vaccination exercise.
“As of today, a total of 12,390,116 doses have been administered and we are well on our way to our goal of 27 million Kenyans fully vaccinated by the end of 2022,” said President Kenyatta.
On the coordination of public health functions in all sectors, the President said on January 1 this year established by the Kenya National Public Health Institute to lead the process of coordination and promote decisions based on evidence on Health issues
At the same time, the President directed the Ministries of Health and the National Treasury to ensure that the consolidation of all government-sponsored programs is finalized and operational by the end of June this year.
For a greater realization of the objective of UHC, President Kenyatta welcomed the approval of the NHIF Amendment Law by the Parliament.
"I would not be ashamed to say that my administration has successfully established the unwavering basis to achieve the 100 percent target of health insurance coverage and, as a result, access to affordable and quality medical care, so that never a kenian suffer unnecessarily or be driven into poverty. Due to medical bills, "he said.
Noting that the Act provides for NHIF to establish a centralized health care provider management system to ensure efficient claims management and payment as well as data collection, the President instructed NHIF to ensure that the system is configured and operational by the end of June this year.
President Kenyatta further ordered that the biometric record in NHIF be interlinked with the Huduma number database.
President Kenyatta also took the opportunity to reiterate that he will continue to work for the betterment of all Kenyans until the end of his term.
He stressed that his unique role is to leave a legacy of peace, unity and prosperity for all Kenyans.
Several leaders of the coast region, headed by the Host Governor Hassan Joho, Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Fahim TWAHA (LAMU) and Dhadho Godana (Tana River) attended the launch of the UHC National Launch.
Earlier, President Kenyatta opened this year's International Health Workforce Conference. The three-day conference on the harmonization of the curriculum and the training of health professionals aims to improve the skills of health personnel, a key factor in the provision of UHC.
Other speakers at the conference included the President of the Association of African Medical Councils, Dr Kgosi Letlape, Cabinet Secretaries Mutahi Kagwe (Health) and Professor George Magoha (Education), Host Governor Hassan Joho and President of the Council of Governors Martin Wambora, who is also the Governor of Embu. County.
So far, the Yobe State Contributory Health Administration Agency has enrolled 198,000 staff members in its Formal Sector Contributory Health Care Program.
Suleiman Bakoro, the agency's public relations officer, revealed this in a statement in Damaturu on Wednesday.
He said beneficiaries were enrolled between 2019 and 2021 under the dynamic leadership of the Agency's Executive Secretary, Dr. Babagana Tijjani.
Mr. Bakoro said that both state and local councils contribute 3.25 percent, while employees contribute 1.75 percent of workers' wages, respectively, to the plan.
The PRO said another group of more than 32,000 poor and vulnerable people, especially women and children under five, signed up for the Agency's free Social Equity Program.
Regarding the Basic Medical Care Provision Fund, BHCPF, he said that more than 22,000 homeless people were also registered by the agency.
Mr. Bakoro explained that the BHCPF was jointly funded by the state and federal government to support the poor and vulnerable.
The PRO said the agency was established in December 2019, by the administration led by Governor Mai Mala Buni as part of efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage, UHC.
He advised fund grantees to report their challenges to the agency through its customer service units, dedicated phone lines, and emails.
The state is committed to creating an enabling environment in terms of the need for proper regulation and guidance from our healthcare providers and end users.CALABAR, Nigeria, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / -
As part of the effort to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) in Nigeria, the Cross River State Ministry of Health (CRSMOH) recently conducted an orientation for health workers on the need to encourage women to adopt a national self-care / self-injection plan. .
The training in Uyo, Cross River State was facilitated with technical support from the Federal Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. The main objective was to strengthen access to self-care / self-injection innovation in Nigeria and to educate front-line healthcare workers on self-care guidelines for sexual and reproductive health. Emphasis was placed on scaling up depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC) self-injection.
Nigeria, in November 2016, approved injectable contraceptives for users to self-inject in hopes of improving access to family planning services, especially in hard-to-reach settings. However, uptake of family planning services in Nigeria remains low as analysis from the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey shows that 19% of married women have an unmet need for family planning - 12% want to delay motherhood, while 7% want to stop having children.
Speaking to participants, Dr. David E. Ushie, Governor's Special Adviser on Health, said that while the training addressed the needs of women, Cross River State would strive to improve awareness and utilization levels of the reproductive health interventions available.
“The state is committed to creating an enabling environment in terms of the need for proper regulation and guidance of our healthcare providers and end users to promote self-care guidelines. The concept and implementation of DMPA-SC would provide more family planning options for women of reproductive age and their partners in the public and private sectors in the 18 LGAs of the state, ”she said.
A confident Ms Chisom Emeka from WHO Nigeria, who was also at the training, noted that, “This orientation will improve access and acceptance of DMPA-SC, a self-injecting contraceptive, and improve the lives of many women who want to avoid pregnancy. in Cross State fluvial. It would also reduce infant and maternal mortality rates in the country, "he added.
After the training, Ms. Eko Idam Edodi, a 34-year-old health worker from the Primary Care Center in the Biase local government area (LGA), highlighted that she now has information about self-injection that she will use to mobilize other women in her locality to embrace the highly beneficial practice.
“With this knowledge about DMPA-SC self-injection, I will help women make informed and positive decisions about their reproductive health. In addition, it will provide women of childbearing age with the opportunity to make reproductive health decisions for themselves.
The use of self-injection is cost effective, promotes privacy, saves time, reduces unwanted pregnancy / abortion. It will also allow women to space out the delivery and provide their children with the maximum attention and care they need ”, she concluded.
Self-injected contraception is an innovative practice in family planning that is transforming contraceptive access and use. The new self-injectable contraceptive, DMPA-SC, allows women to inject themselves in the comfort of their homes and provides three months of protection. It would make contraceptive use affordable, accessible, and preserve the confidentiality of those who use them. These would reduce morbidity in women and children and promote timely self-intervention.
Dr Martins highlighted the importance of the priority research agenda as it will accelerate the achievement of UHC and SDGs goals for EritreaBRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), November 8, 2021 / Groupe APO / -
On November 4, 2021, Eritrea's Ministry of Health hosted a consensus building workshop for the National Health Research Agenda document the country has developed. The objective of the Priority Health Agenda consensus workshop was to give all technical expertise the opportunity to review and further enrich the document before final printing and dissemination. The priority health research agenda is one of the key tools that can help the health sector to identify and implement research according to the needs of the country. Eritrea, as part of its commitment to the efforts and achievements of the SDGs and UHC goals, has adopted different approaches and initiatives to accelerate evidence-based policy guidance. The country has drafted a national health research program 2022-2026 whose objective is to provide guidance to policy makers, researchers, funding agencies and other parties concerned on the main priority research areas for health. The national health research agenda was developed in collaboration with WHO and other stakeholders, including health training institutions. In this way, resources can be distributed equitably, and knowledge and evidence can be produced for use by planners, decision-makers and decision-makers. The last priority health program for Eritrea covered the year 2013 to 2017.
The MOH first established an advisory committee and a core team to undertake planning, situation analysis, information gathering and synthesis, and stakeholder consultations. The consultative process was conducted with different stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health at headquarters as well as at Zoba (zonal) level, universities, relevant ministries and United Nations agencies working in the health sector. Priority thematic areas that have been prioritized include:Research to improve and prolong healthy lives Health systems research Research on social, educational and behavioral determinants of health and Research on innovations in health care.
During the workshop's opening remarks, Dr Berhane Debru, Director General of Policy, Planning and Human Resources Development, welcomed participants and explained the timely importance of the priority research agenda. in health. Dr Berhane further explained that due to the transformation of the healthcare delivery system and the dynamics of disease and health issues, it is important that research priorities for the country be determined in the short and long-term. He further stressed that it is essential to rationalize and coordinate the main priorities of health research. He explained that during the process of setting priorities for the health research agenda, the following facts were taken into consideration 1. Research should be demand driven, which can respond to a larger group stakeholders. 2. Scale of burdens, urgency of the topic and response to social justice and equity 3. Research must be accepted ethically, socially and politically. 4. The feasibility of the business is also very critical. 5. Research must complement and avoid duplication of already existing knowledge.
Dr Martins Ovberedjo, WHO Representative, congratulated the Ministry of Health under the leadership of the Honorable Minister of Health, Amina Nurhussien, and thanked all who contributed their valuable expertise to the production of the program. priority health. Dr Martins stressed the importance of the priority research agenda as it will accelerate the achievement of the UHC and SDG goals for Eritrea. He explained that research is a constant process of seeking knowledge and information, so it is part of our life today. He also said that our research should not focus solely on academic goals, but rather on bringing practical improvement to the health of our children, mothers and the general population living in all places of Eritrea. He also reminded participants that research results should be used to guide policy directions and reforms.
During the workshop, participants split into four groups and reviewed the document. Each of the four groups provided comments and a plenary discussion was conducted. Finally, all comments and points have been taken into account, and the main ones have been incorporated into the final version of the document. The priority health agenda 2021-2026 will be widely disseminated and made public.
The Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday inaugurated a joint working committee of the Health Care Delivery Fund in Abuja.
The committee is responsible for ensuring the provision of quality basic health services to the majority of Nigerians.
Mustapha explained that preference would be given to people living in rural areas and to the vulnerable population.
Others, he said, are women and children under the age of five, as well as the elderly, regardless of their location in the country.
SGF was represented by Adejo, the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs, SGF Office.
He said the Basic Health Care Fund was the federal government's funding arrangement established under the National Health Act of 2014 (NHAct) for the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) in Nigeria.
SGF also said that the creation of the fund marked the turning point for health services in Nigeria.
He added that it would bring relief to millions of Nigerians who have never received proper basic health care.
He pointed out that it would also reduce personal expenditure for health services and improve Nigeria's dismal performance on several health indices and overall quality of life.
He said: “Years after the establishment of the Fund, millions of Nigerians in the 36 states of the federation and the CTF have yet to feel its impact, given several challenges and delays in its implementation.
“The Fund was established under the National Health Law of 2014 to increase overall health sector funding and to help improve access to primary health care services for all Nigerians, especially the poor and the vulnerable.
“More specifically, the fund was to support the provision of a minimum set of basic health services to citizens; the provision of essential drugs, vaccines and consumables to eligible primary health care facilities; provision and maintenance of facilities, equipment and transport for eligible primary health care facilities.
“Development of human resources for primary health care; and emergency medical situations, such as Ebola and COVID-19.
SGF further explained that the fund was an annual government grant of at least one percent of its Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).
He added that grant partners and funds from other sources also make up part of the fund.
The disbursement of the Fund, he added, would be 50% for the provision of a minimum set of basic health services to citizens, through eligible primary or secondary health care facilities promoted in the framework of the national health insurance scheme (NHIS).
“45% would be paid through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to be used for the following: 20% to provide essential drugs, vaccines and consumables to eligible primary health care facilities .
“While 15% will be for the provision and maintenance of facilities, equipment and transport for eligible primary health care facilities.
"10 percent for the development of human resources for primary health care, because 5 percent of the fund will be used for emergency medical treatment to be administered appointed by the Board of Health," he said.
The SGF noted that access to funds would be contingent, among other things, on the provision of 25 percent of matching funds to local communities.
He acknowledged that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the operationalization of the 2018/2019 budget of the Basic Health Care Fund (BHCPF) with a credit of 55.1 billion naira.
Mustapha said that in 2020, 44.5 billion naira was set aside but revised to 25.5 billion naira (a drop of more than 42.5%) due to the shortfall caused by volatile oil prices. .
SGF noted that the 2021 appropriation bill recently presented to the National Assembly proposed the sum of 35.03 billion naira for the statutory transfer fund.
He praised Buhari's commitment to ensure that quality basic health services are provided to the majority of Nigerians.
SGF stressed that “it is also in line with one of the main objectives of the economic recovery and growth plan - investing in the Nigerian people.
“In addition, the BHCPF is essential for achieving priority six (improving the health, education and productivity of Nigerians) of the nine priority areas guiding the policy directions of the Buhari administration over the years.
He lamented that despite the commitment demonstrated by the President over the years, the implementation of the fund remained a challenge.
“Millions of Nigerians in the 36 states and the CTF, who could have been potential beneficiaries of the Fund, still do not have access to basic health care, six years after the law was enacted.
“One of the significant manifestations of BHCPF's failure to gain traction was the suboptimal state of our basic health system when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.
“Most importantly, the Fund has been structured to impact the poorest diseases of the population and improve primary health care services at the grassroots.
"Therefore, the slow implementation of the Fund is quickly becoming a missed opportunity for this administration to improve the quality of life of the 100 million Nigerians who are expected to be lifted out of poverty," he said.
The SGF, however, expressed optimism that the committee, as a first step towards establishing an appropriate stakeholder coordination mechanism, would liaise with the Civil Service Reform Office.
He said their goals would be to obtain the highest level of political buy-in for the implementation of the fund and to update stakeholders on the status of the fund.
Mustapha urged the committee to have a common understanding of the challenges and bottlenecks in the implementation process and to agree on recommendations as action plans to accelerate progress in implementation.
He instructed them to establish the need for the stakeholder coordination framework and other mechanisms to maintain momentum and submit a final copy for approval to the reform committee.
Earlier in his speech, the Director General of the Civil Service Reform Office, Mr. Dasuki Arabi, said that it was observed that several factors were attributed to the slow implementation of the Fund.
He cited gaps in enabling law to include silence on the initiation, administration and governance of BHCPF, low state membership, low state readiness and rivalry between agencies.
Abari also said that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, one of the three disbursement gateways, was statutorily mandated to develop operational guidelines for the entire Fund.
He said this potentially poses challenges with the cooperation of the other two gateways, among others.
Arabi said the Civil Service Reform Office (BPSR), with the support of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) - Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), has undertaken a analysis of the current situation of the Fund. .
He said it was about uncovering the underlying issues and finding a way forward for faster implementation.
He said the analysis identified the root cause of the problems as the lack of synergy and agreement among stakeholders on how to resolve issues and move implementation forward for the benefit of citizens.
The Director General also said that the committee was formed to provide an effective stakeholder coordination mechanism for the updating of the Fund.
Mr. James Sule, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs, SGF Office, in his remarks described health as wealth and good health promotes the development of any nation.
He urged the committee to ensure that a good job is done to ensure that healthcare in Nigeria can improve and address the shortcomings that lead Nigerians to leave the country for treatment abroad.
Responding on behalf of the inaugurated committee members, Mr. Joseph Umaru, Federal Director of Facilitation, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, said the team will ensure that the best is provided.
Umaru said the committee would work with the current administration's desire to ensure that people, especially those at the grassroots and the most vulnerable, are drawn into development programs.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the committee members were drawn from the public and private health sectors, NGOs with health practitioners, the House of Representatives and Senate committees on health services. .
Others came from the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and the Ministry of Fice.
The plan has been designed to facilitate the annual planning and reporting processBRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), October 27, 2021 / Groupe APO / -
With strong political commitment, the State of Eritrea has made enormous strides in improving the health and well-being of women and children since independence.
As part of ongoing efforts to consolidate the line of progress with, the Ministry of Health, with support from WHO, conducted a review of the RMNCAH and aging programs during September and October 2021. A comprehensive RMNCAH & HAA 2022-2026 strategic plan has thus been developed with the support of WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA. This strategic plan will guide the implementation of sexual and reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, children's health, adolescent health and healthy aging, including during the COVID pandemic. It defines strategic objectives as well as national targets and milestones to be achieved during the implementation period as a means of achieving UHC in the country.
The plan has been designed to facilitate the annual planning and reporting process. It focuses on high-impact and cost-effective RMNCAH & AH interventions, which, if implemented, will significantly accelerate progress in achieving the health-related SDGs.
The main highlights and strategic objectives of the 2022-2026 RMNCAH & HAA strategic plan are to build a resilient health system to support the delivery of quality services (RMNCAAH). The strategic plan also aims to anchor Universal Comprehensive Health Services Coverage (RMNCAAH) and interventions across the continuum of care. It will also institutionalize a multisectoral response for healthy aging.
The main results obtained from this WHO intervention that will lead to the achievement of the objectives related to SDG and GPW 13 in the country were the development of the draft strategic plan RMNCAH 2022-2026. The plan will be costed before the end of December 2021 and disseminated to the main partners with a view to achieving the objectives related to SDG and GPW 13 in the country.