Reinforcing Results-based Financing in Four Departments in Haiti

July 18, 2016

Reinforcing Results-based Financing in Four Departments in Haiti

Fort-Liberté, Haiti—The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Haiti has officially launched a technical assistance agreement to support the introduction of results-based financing for health in four of Haiti’s ten geographic departments. The agreement is being implemented through funding from the World Bank and in partnership with Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

Technical assistance through this program will provide continuous capacity building to various levels of the Haitian health system and will bring results-based financing to more than 100 health facilities in Haiti’s Central, Northeast, Northwest and South departments.

MSH Country Representative Dr. Margareth Mallet expressed enthusiasm that the implementation of results-based financing will not only benefit health facilities but also families, especially Haiti’s most vulnerable. She specified that the technical assistance program will contribute to improvements in the quality and quantity of services, governance, pharmaceutical management, human resource management, and the use of health information systems.

World Bank Representative Dr. Isabelle Siméon said, “We are pleased to continue working side-by-side with the Government to achieve better health results for the Haitian people. The World Bank is the first multilateral institution to invest in Haiti since the Ministry of Public Health and Population adopted results-based financing as a national strategy.”

The Ministry of Public Health and Population’s Director General, Dr. Gabriel Timothé, highlighted the positive impacts that seven health facilities in the Northeast department experienced during the piloting of the results-based financing approach, noting in particular that the quality and quantity of services increased by at least 30 percent in each. In officially launching the technical assistance agreement, he called for the effective and lasting involvement of all stakeholders to ensure that efforts put into the pilot phase would not be in vain.