On August 26, the Burkina Faso Ministry of Health (MOH) and Living Goods officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide approximately six months of technical assistance to make Burkina Faso’s National Community Health Strategy implementation-ready.
As part of our support, Living Goods will provide recommendations on how to operationalize, finance, and ultimately scale a digital health solution; a supportive supervision structure; and a performance-based incentive model for Burkina Faso’s 17,000+ CHWs. We are currently in the process of recruiting two consultants focused on performance management and digital health who will be based at the MOH to support this initial phase of work, which we expect to begin in January 2020. At the end of this initial phase of support, Living Goods and the MOH will reassess the opportunity for a longer-term partnership, through which Living Goods could provide support for the roll-out of these recommendations. We are excited by this opportunity’s potential for impact and the Burkina Faso government’s commitment to professionalizing its community health program and achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
In addition, conversations are progressing well with the Rwandan MOH on a draft concept note and MOU that would involve supporting the digitization of their community health program. The MOU has already been submitted and we expect it will be signed in the coming weeks.
Finally, the opportunity with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has progressed and they have expressed interest in us supporting them to design and test a tech-enabled performance management system for their health extension program (HEP). Living Goods is in advanced discussions with PSI Ethiopia to partner closely with them on this work to design and test a tech-enabled performance management system and performance-based incentives for the HEP at the request of the FMOH. Over the past four years, PSI has been working in partnership with the FMOH on reproductive health and now wants to broaden their support to integrate this work into the wider HEP. As a result, partnering with Living Goods would be synergistic. This is an exciting opportunity for Living Goods to demonstrate impact through the provision of technical assistance to government at a high-level, and through working with an established in-country partner.