Education and information key to plugging health gap
Ministry of Health officials and personnel from around the country met yesterday in Vientiane to review success of the Disbursement Linked Indicator (DLI) for the health sector.
The DLI under the Health Sector Governance and Nutrition Programme focuses on improving the quality of health services and investment in infrastructure and capacity development.
Participants reported the progress of their activities and shared future plans including the ideas to improve the Lao health sector information system.
Minister of Health, Associate, Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong spoke at the meeting to review the Disbursement Linked Indicator on the health sector for 2015-2016 and discuss plans for the year ahead.
The meeting recounted the results of last twelve months of the programme and discussed activities going forward.
Dr Bounkong said in 2017 the programme aimed to promote health sector reform, continue funding health services for the poor and enhance quality especially with regard to maternal and child health and health facility developmen t.
He said too many people in target provinces of country still could not easily access appropriate health information.
Education and outreach to inform people on the importance of nutrition for neo-natal and childhood development was particularly necessary.
Quality of statistics is also a key area for improvement if health projects are to be achieved to plan.
He explained for several years this project had been implemented in the 14 target provinces of the country.
He said the enlargement to cover all the 18 provinces nationwide was necessary to hasten development of the Lao health sector and to implement the five-year health sector development plan for 2016-2020.
According to the project, the Health Sector Governance and Nutrition Programme is the first development programme in the sector funded by World Bank to improve the quality of health services and investment in infrastructure and capacity developmen t.
The programme's aims are to increase access to quality health services for mothers and their children, improve health funding for the poor, and raise the quality of human resources across the health sector.
The ministry held seminars for 144 provincial health officials and over 300 district health officials in the target provinces to build capacity among village physicians, midwives and specialists, as well as improve health facilities, the meeting was told.
The scheme was implemented in the 14 target provinces of Phongsaly, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Xayaboury, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Huaphan, Xieng Khuang, Xekong, Xaysomboun, Champassak, Attapeu, Saravan and Savannakhet.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 31, 2017)