Recognition boosts Community Health Services

Speeches Shim

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The Ratoma Community Health Center in Conakry, one of the renovated and equipped health facilities across Guinea, was awarded a second consecutive gold star for improving the quality of its reproductive health and family planning services.
Ousmane Condé, USAID Guinea

Since 2017, the USAID-funded Health Service Delivery (HSD) project has worked with the Government of Guinea to provide training for health workers across the country and to upgrade medical equipment. This has enabled facilities to provide a higher standard of care.

In an effort to empower health workers and enable them to make decisions, solve problems and innovate at the local level, Jhpiego, a USAID partner in the HSD project, has initiated the Standards-Based Management and Recognition process, a proactive, practical management methodology that focuses on the implementation of best practices in health centers.

From October to December 2019, HSD in collaboration with the Regional Committees for Healthcare Quality Assurance, recognized the performances of 10 health facilities across Guinea by awarding each of them a Gold Star for having succeeded in improving the quality of their reproductive health and family planning services. The improvement of quality healthcare has prompted people to increase their use of health facilities.

The Health Service Delivery project has trained more than 700 health workers and rehabilitated and equipped four hospitals and 14 health facilities across Guinea with modern medical equipment to provide high-impact maternal and child health services.