The 31 participants in Mombasa with the facilitation team
The 70thperformance-based financing (PBF) course took place from Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 8, 2018, in Mombasa, Kenya. Thirty-one participants attended the course: 16 participants from Nigeria, 6 from Zambia, 5 from Ethiopia, 3 from The Gambia and 1 from the USA.
Hereby the detailed course report.
The groups analyzed their health systems and produced detailed action plans on how to advance PBF in their respective countries, states, and regions. Thirty participants conducted the final exam and achieved an average score of 70%, including three distinctions.
The “Village 70” authorities consisted of the Village Chief, Dr. Abba Zakari UMAR; the Deputy Village Chief Mr. Mannix NGABWE; the Time Keeper Dr. Halima ABATE; and the tax collector Mrs. Makasa NONDE. The energizers were Mr. Ensa Jarju, Dr. Baba, Mrs. Sharon, Dr. Abubakar and Dr. Tijjani. They actively supported the facilitation process and contributed to a congenial atmosphere while maintaining “order” in the village.
The daily evaluations resulted in scores which were comparable to previous English spoken courses. The final evaluation indicated that the participants felt the content of the course to relate well to their regular professional activities. The participants were also satisfied with the methodology and the organization. The contents of the course modules were appreciated with much higher scores compared to the previous courses. Some participants commented that facilitators should avoid dogmatism and acknowledge that context-specific issues are important. The issue of respect for country-specific characteristics is fully recognized. At the same time, we deem open and comparative debate in an international forum which stimulates some out-of-the-box thinking also a vital characteristic of the course.
The course was organized around a strong core of ‘developing individual and country action plans’. This conscious focus was started a few years ago and with each course, more attention is given to the action plans. We are planning to advance in this way of going about the course and deepen the quality of the individual or group action plans each time and building the 17-course modules around this core task.