La Paz, September 9, 2022 (PAHO)– Bolivia begins Phase II of the Essential Public Health Activities (FESP), defined as conditions that allow better performance of public health practices through the Health Authority. In the EPHF measurement workshops in a combined virtual and face-to-face modality and with representatives of the 9 departments of the country, progress, behavior and conclusion reports will be prepared for the 11 EPHF work sessions planned. . This process has the support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
From 30 August 2022 to date, four of the 11 planned EPHF benchmarking workshops have taken place. These calibration workshops will be completed in September 2022. This exercise will enable the country to prepare a report with suggestions for improvements to the EPHF virtual instrument by experts.
In the year In 2021, Phase 1 of the EFFF was conducted with the Directorate General of Planning (DGP) of the Ministry of Health and Sports (MSD), which resulted in a situation analysis and institutional mapping report.
In order to have an action plan from July 2022, EHRD Phase II is underway to facilitate and support the assessment of MSD’s institutional capacity within the EHRD Evaluation and Strengthening Framework. Harmonization of public health practice at different levels of MSD, strengthening the guideline function with the renewed EPHF measurement.
As such, in the first stage, the work plan was developed with the MSD and PAO focal points in the agreed schedule and expert opinion to measure the institutional capacity of each of the 11 EPHFs. In the year On July 27, 2022, the official launch of EPHF Phase II was held with PAHO in Bolivia and Washington and DGP/MSD.
Subsequently, throughout the month of August, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and DGP conducted induction workshops for all expert groups to train them on the methodology to complete the platform for measuring FESP.
Thirdly, the final report will be prepared for each of the 11 EPHF results and gap reports and an integrated document with an analysis and conclusion on the main results of measuring EPHF capacity. The fourth phase involves carrying out various dissemination activities on the main results achieved at the national, departmental and municipal levels.
The idea of performance measurement is fully understood in addition to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of public health implementation at the global level and allowing it to practically examine areas that need the most support to strengthen the public health infrastructure. A broad definition, including the human capacity and facilities and equipment necessary for its good performance.
EPFF measurement should be able to improve public health practices and establish benchmarks for good performance and continuous improvement. The process calls for greater transparency in public health implementation and services and greater transparency for public health knowledge and practices based on scientific evidence.
The EPHF definition and scale is intended as a contribution to the institutional development of public health practice and to improving dialogue between public health and other sectors involved in health practice. Finally, measurement should create a basis for better and more efficient resource allocation for public health activities.