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USAID, MoPH vow continued collaboration

USAID, MoPH vow continued collaboration

Mar 14, 2011 - 18:11

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The US and the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) vowed on Monday to continue with their close collaboration to bring improvement to health facilities in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A ceremony was held in Kabul to recognise 90 health facilities in 11 provinces that have met high-quality standards, USAIDinfo-icon said in a statement.

One of the approaches that USAID uses to accomplish this goal is quality assurance used to improve the performance of individual health providers and facilities implementing the basic package of health services. 

The quality assurance process consists of four steps -- setting standards, implementing them, measuring progress, and rewarding achievement.  The recognition ceremony marks the fourth step in the process.

Deputy Minister Dr Nadira Hayat Burhani said it was critical to have a good relationship and strong coordination with donors so that they could assist the ministry with these programmes. 

Over the last four years, 442 health facilities in 21 provinces have begun implementing the quality assurance process, prompting the holding of the second national quality assurance recognition ceremony.

The first was held in March 2009, for 28 health facilities from five provinces. 

The 90 health facilities recognised on Monday are from Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Bamyan, Faryab, Jawzjan, Kabul, Paktia, Kandahar, Khost and Herat provinces.

"USAID is a key partner with the MoPH working to ensure that these health facilities meet and exceed international quality standards of care, and we work closely … to expand these quality efforts across the country," said USAID Senior Deputy Mission Director Robert Hellyer.


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