The Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) hosted the 7th Biennial Conference of the African Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) between 23rd and 26th February 2015 in Nairobi. The theme of the conference was “The Role of the Faith Based Health Services in Contributing to Universal Health Coverage in Africa”.
The theme was quite appropriate, as Kenya and indeed other Africa countries are currently working on strategies for attaining universal health coverage (UHC) for their populace. This is also in line with the 58th World Health Assembly of 2005 that encouraged member countries to aim at providing affordable universal coverage and access to health for all citizens while observing the principles of equity and solidarity.
GIZ Health Sector Programme considers CHAK as a very strategic partner especially in the area of improving access to health care services particularly in some hard to reach areas through its diverse network of health care facilities. GIZ-HSP was therefore very pleased to participate in the conference. The programme was represented by Cynthia Macharia who made a presentation titled “Learning from Successful Models: Output Based Financing Experiences from Kenya and Asia”.
The main message of the presentation was that output based financing models provide good opportunities for public and non-public actors in the healthcare system to collaborate effectively to increase efficiency in the service provision. Further, output based financing can be used as a system intervention to help focus the health system on desirable outputs and outcomes, thus having an overall positive effect on health indicators.2015-03-02
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