August 12, 2011

What we're reading

Sarah Lindsay

Ministry of Health and Sanitation leads partners in creating biennial work plan

In late July, the WHO country office in Sierra Leone held a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as they put together the 2012-2013 biennial work plan. At the session, co-chaired by Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr. Borbor Sawyer and WHO Representative Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, strong praise was given to the Ministry for its leadership. Without it, Alemu said, “it would have been difficult to implement prioritized programmes.” Alemu’s complimentary remarks reflect what he told MLI’s Leading Global Health blog earlier this year about Sierra Leone’s increased country ownership of national health programs and its improved relationship with donors. “The top leadership of the Ministry is strengthening the relationship with health development partners,” Alemu said.   At the end of July’s meeting, participants were ready to make contributions to the biennial work plan that reflect national priorities and greater ownership of the document.

Emphasizing Community Health Care to Combat TB in Mali

TB remains a prominent health threat in Mali despite the availability of free care for the disease. Dr Faran Sissoko, a lung specialist at the Pape Clinic in Bamako states that "Tuberculosis continues to be an important cause of mortality in Mali.

June 28, 2011

Daff on the Hill: Promoting family planning in West Africa

John Donnelly

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  Dr. Bocar Mamadou Daff, director of reproductive health services in Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Prevention, is in Washington, D.C., this week for a second time in a month. Earlier, he participated in several MLI sessions at the Global Health Council’s annual conference. Now, he is scheduled to meet with several key aides to US Senators and congressmen to talk about the importance of supporting family planning, especially in West Africa.

Dr. Daff spoke with John Donnelly about the lessons of his first June trip to Washington and his hopes for the second visit. This is the first of two Q-and-As related to the Capitol Hill visits. Tomorrow, we’ll run an interview with Pape A. Gaye, president and CEO of Intrahealth.

Q: What was important about the Global Health Council conference for you?

A: What I took away was that it was a real opportunity to review the work going on with MLI. And it was also an opportunity for the five MLI countries (Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal and Sierra Leone) to regroup and talk about what they had done and also to look ahead at what needs to be done next.

I think there were two key moments during the week. The first was the “Call to Action” when it was launched. It was a key moment to tell people about the direction we are going in country ownership and it gave all five countries an opportunity to talk about their experiences.

June 27, 2011

Poor resources delay achievement of development goals

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Moussa Mbaye is the secretary general of Senegal's Ministry of Health. He recently attended the International Conference on Global Health in Washington, DC, as part of the Ministerial Leadership Initiative. Mbaye spoke with AllAfrica about the improvement of Senegal's health sector and the issues that continue to burden the country's overall health system.

I am not a doctor; I am a civil servant. I studied governance administration and I was a prefect for 22 years. I came to the Ministry of Health in 2001. My input is to add to technical knowledge. It was not easy in the beginning, as health professionals believe only they can lead and build a health system.

May 01, 2011

Study tour catalyzed Senegal’s performance based financing plan

Sarah Lindsay

In 2009, representatives from Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Prevention participated in a MLI-sponsored study tour to Rwanda. There they found an innovative plan to change their current health financing system.

Rwanda has pioneered many different health financing schemes including community based health insurance, over the past 5 years. The rate of health care utilization in Rwanda has doubled in the past three years in part due to equitable resource allocation policies that have increased the affordability of health services. One of their most effective schemes is a performance based financing (PBF) plan which allocates resources depending on the performance of a hospital or clinic. At the time of the study tour, results from Rwanda’s PBF program were just becoming known. The Senegalese delegation was able to see first-hand evidence that that PBF was transforming Rwanda’s health sector. 

January 20, 2011

MLI Countries working at the “heart of aid efficiency”

Ndack Ly

Along with representatives from all five MLI countries, MLI Country Lead for Senegal, Dr. Ndack Wadjii Ly, recently participated in a workshop on improving aid effectiveness sponsored by the World Health Organization and the World Bank.  Below she shares a brief report of the meeting, including key recommendations that emerged throughout the two days.

Created in 2007, the International Health Partnership (IHP+) is intended to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. The effort organizes donors and development partners in support of country-led national health strategies. The 49 signatories include 24 developing countries, 13 donor governments, United Nations agencies and other donor organizations. The IHP+ Global Compact incorporates the principles of the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action. Both documents, widely supported by donors and recipient countries, emphasize country ownership of health priorities, alignment of donor support around country objectives and a focus on measureable results.