Governance/leadership is one of the six building blocks of the health system according to the World Health Organization (WHO) health systems framework. The others being healthcare financing, health workforce, health information, service delivery and medical products, vaccines & technologies – in no particular order.
These building blocks must function in an integrated manner to produce a strong effective and efficient healthcare system. If all components work as they should, the assumption is that the health system becomes robust and responsive to the needs of both the service providers and service partakers.
It is therefore not a coincidence that the GIZ Good Governance Programme (GoGo) and the GIZ Health Sector Pogramme (HSP) have agreed to work together to support strengthening governance in the health sector. This twin-track approach bringing together two programmes in separate sectors, will be first implemented in Kisumu county (where both programmes have a presence), and lessons learned will be shared with other counties. The two programmes propose to work closely with the County Health Management Team (CHMT) to implement the joint approach. Collaboration will also be actively sought with key oversight bodies such as Kenya National Audit Office (KENAO), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ).
To agree on a joint implementation plan, the two programmes, GoGo and HSP met on 17th June, 2015 for a planning workshop. The one-day workshop was led by managers from both programmes – Dr. Heide Richter-Airijoki (HSP) and Dr. Elisabeth Leiss (GoGo) which brought together technical staff from both programmes.
After very successful deliberations, the team identified four possible areas of intervention as follows:
The success of this joint approach will not only provide a positive effect for the health sector, but will also provide a good precedence of how two progammes can work together to combine their expertise in different fields to achieve a common goal – the twin-track approach.2015-07-07