Sisterhood

Strategic plan made to implement “output-based aid” in RH/FP services

Ha Noi, 23 February 2011 – MSV organized the introduction of service voucher schemes and planned for the for piloting output-based aid initiatives in RH and FP services.

This was an important activity within the regional initiative for “Building Capacity in Local Authority and Private Sector Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Providers in Thua Thien Hue in Vietnam, Ratanakiri and Svay Rieng in Cambodia” funded by the EU. The total value of the project was EUR 2.25 million, of which the EU contributed 75% (equivalent to EUR 1,83 million) and ATLANTIC Philanthropies contributed 25%. The expected duration of initiative implementation is 36 months, starting in January 2010.

The project will pilot the total market approach with cooperation between public and non-public health sectors as well as output-based aid (OBA). According to the proposed initiative, MSIVH will cooperate with the health sector and Viet Nam Health Security to intervene both in “supply” and “demand” sides of service provision. Specifically: the project will provide basic capacity building training and develop standards of services for the network of service providers (CHSs and non-public health centers) in the Social Franchising model; develop and carry out the IEC strategy of “demand generation” in an effective way as well support and encourage the project target groups to use long acting FP services and essential RH services in the health facilities. This occurs within the Social Franchise network through the service voucher, similarly with the current health insurance cards. The people in the target groups will be supported to buy the service vouchers at a preferential price so that they can access FP services and essential RH care in the health facilities within the “Sisterhood” Social Franchise network. In order to ensure equality in accessing services, FP services and essential RH care will also be brought to the poor communities in the remote and disadvantaged areas of the ethnic minority in the project sites.

A lot of representatives from relevant organizations and agencies attended the workshop: this included representatives from the EU in Viet Nam, Viet Nam Social Security, Ministry of Planning and Investment, health sector at the central and provincial levels involved in the project, specialists in public-private partnership, the project manager in Cambodia and mass media.

The workshop is an opportunity for relevant organizations and agencies in Viet Nam, the project team from Cambodia and international specialists in service vouchers to have discussion, sharing information and experience to design a suitable service voucher model for the Viet Nam context. It is estimated that about 60,000 women of reproductive age will use service vouchers to access high-quality FP services and essential RH care in 60 “sisterhood” franchised clinics. Lessons learnt from piloting this model will be disseminated broadly with the health sector and other relevant organizations and agencies for replication in the localities in suitable conditions.

 

 

 

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