GIZ, FCDO visits GoHealth
â¦â¦. reveals its satisfaction with the implementation of backup support to the agency and state in general
â¦â¦. impressed with the agencys innovativeness and ICT infrastructure
â¦â¦.. shows interest in future partnerships.
The German International Cooperation (GIZ) - Backup health intervention in collaboration with the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has paid a working visit to GoHealth office today.
The team which was led by Dave McConalogue from the FCDO and Bashir Mahmoud from GIZ stated that the visit was to assess the impact of the GIZ - backup health support in the state with a view to identifying successes recorded as well as challenges encountered during the course of implementation of the support.
The visit also enabled to team to review the implementation of global fund supported HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria programmes in the state with a view to determine the effectiveness of the grants as well as determine the mode of future investments to the state for maximum benefit to the people.
Receiving the delegation, the Agency's Team Lead, Dr. Abubakar Musa in company of Dr. Abdurrahman Shuaibu, the Executive Secretary, Gombe State Primary Care Development Agency and also a delegation from the State Ministryof Health, expressed delight in the visit, noting that the glaring successes of the Agency was as a result of the determination and resilience of the current administration led by His Excellency, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya who saw to the establishment of the Agency within the first 3 months of his administration.
He noted that the Governor has also ensured the earmarking of not less than 1% consolidated revenue of the state and LGAs as equity contribution for the provision of basic health care package to the poor and vulnerable people across the 114 wards of the state. These funds would complement what the state is receiving through the the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in order to increase the population coverage.
Commenting on some of the challenges being faced, the Agency's Team Lead, stated that obtaining reliable data of poor and vulnerable was a huge challenge in the BHCPF and Equity programme implementation. However, the Agency through the support by the GIZ - Backup Health intervention was able to develop a digital registry of poor and vulnerable where the data of over 100,000 poor and vulnerable has been captured by the agency using a multi-method poverty screening tool.
With this instrument GoHealth has been able to conduct a community based targeting across all the wards of the state and identified these potential beneficiaries of the programme.
Mr. Dave hailed the Agency for its innovativeness and demonstration of capacity to perform in such a short time, describing especially it's digitization efforts as impressive and assured the Agency of continuous support.
He also thanked the Agency for a warm welcome and hospitality given to them and making their stay in Gombe enjoyable.