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Clinton Global Initiative: September 22-25, 2009: Health Care Access and Quality Improves For Millions in Rwanda and Haiti Due to Innovative Performance-Based Financing Incentives
Date:9/21/2009

ful means of expanding access to high-quality, efficient health care services by providing incentives to providers and facilities for improved results, " said Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, President & CEO of MSH. "In pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals and the fundamental human right to universal access to quality health care, PBF can increase use and quality of health care services, stabilize or decrease costs, help use limited resources effectively, and improve staff motivation and morale--a proven incentive for retention of health workers," said Dr. Quick.

A community PBF program, reaching thousands of Rwandans, was launched in 2009 by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with MSH support to help address the human resources for health shortage by training cadres of five Community Health Workers (CHW) per village to provide basic primary health care services. Rwandan President Kagame launched the program formally at a public event with 37,000 CHW present (eventually there will be 60,000 CHW involved in the program).

"The community PBF program will impact rural populations, improve engagement in and support to the health system for over two million people and will greatly strengthen community involvement in efforts to control HIV & AIDS and TB," said John Pollock, MSH Global Technical Lead, Health Delivery Systems and Senior Fellow for Health Reform and Finance.

MSH's partners in the CGI Commitment to Action are:

In Rwanda: the Government of Rwanda Ministry of Public Health; the Belgian Technical Cooperation; and US Agency for International Development

In Haiti: the Government of Haiti Ministry of Health, the US Agency for International Development, private voluntary organizations, and private commercial sectors.

MSH is currently also working in Ethiopia to use PBF as a strategy to scale up HIV and tuberculosis testi
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