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The Parliamentarians’ Perception of the Public Health Sector in Afghanistan

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This presentation was given at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

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    The Parliamentarians’ Perception of the Public Health Sector in Afghanistan The Parliamentarians’ Perception of the Public Health Sector in Afghanistan Presentation Transcript

    • The Parliamentarians’ Perception of the Public Health Sector in Afghanistan
      First Global Symposium on Health System Research
      November 18, 2010
    • Overview
      Background
      Methodology
      Findings
      Recommendations
    • Background
      Who should set health sector priorities?
      Politicians views not systematically taken into account
      Objectives:
      To assess the parliamentarians’ perception regarding the public health sector
      To measure and document political support
    • Methodology
      Questions
      to what extent the parliamentarians agree with the selected priorities in the public health sector
      how the activities of the Ministry are perceived by parliamentarians
      how important the health sector is compared to other sectors
      what problems parliamentarians think people face in accessing health services
      Random sampling
    • Data collection
      Public health department of Kabul Medical University
      Data collected by medical students
      Almost one third of the parliamentarians took part in the survey
      Funding from DelPHI
    • Findings
    • Quality of health services improved
    • Amount of health services increased
    • Access to health services increased
    • People happy with public health services
    • Provincial officials are competent
    • People know what the MOPH is doing
    • MOPH provides enough information to parliament
    • MOPH successful in regulating private pharmacies
    • MOPH successful in regulating private clinics
    • MOPH successful in regulating private hospitals
    • Top health problems
    • What to do with limited fixed resources
    • MOPH focus
      Where it should be
      Where it is
    • User fees
    • Continue working with NGOs
    • Reasons for low utilization
    • Ranking of sectors
    • Proportion of budget spent on health
    • Recommendations
      Structured approach to incorporating parliamentarians and communities perspectives in policies, strategies and activities
      Scope for building new alliances
      Regular provision of information
      Follow up surveys