Ministry of Health and Child Care has partnered The World Bank to introduce a results based financing model as government continue to make strides towards improved health service delivery.
According to the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Aldrin Musiiwa, government through the health ministry initiated a Results Based Financing with technical assistance from the World Bank.
Musiiwa who was addressing a Gambian delegation currently in the country on an exchange program on Results Based Financing and National Health Strategy said government now has more financiers who are supporting through a pool of Health Development fund.
“As a Ministry of Health and Child Care, we initiated Results Based Financing with technical assistance from the World Bank from a very short pilot phase that took six months to a nationwide program in fewer three years.
“We now have more funders to Results Based financing through a pooled fund the Health Development and as a government our Ministry of Finance has been very supportive financially to this program as well,” he said.
Highlighting the overview of the RBF Program, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Gerald Gwinji said the RBF approach is effective in improving coverage of key targeted indicators.
“The RBF approach is effective in improving coverage of key targeted indicators although not so much amongst those already performing well.
“A mixed but positive message around quality, some dimensions shows significant improvement under the RBF, others do not,” he said.
Meanwhile Gwinji said the future of RBF is increased focus on quality, delinking quality payment from quantity payment in order to strengthen quality improvement efforts.