The 26 participants of the June Mombasa course
The 59th performance-based financing (PBF) took place in Mombasa, Kenya from Monday May 22 to Friday June 2, 2017.
Hereby the detailed course report.
The next English PBF course will take place also in Mombasa from November 20 to December 2.
The next open French PBF course will take place in Cotonou, Benin from August 21 to September 1, 2017.
In general, the PBF course in Mombasa was a success. All participants passed the final exam and the seven country groups produced impressive action plans (see below). The Sai Rock Hotel at the Mombasa beach is an attractive venue to learn and to think about how to improve health systems in the respective countries represented. The main lessons learned concerning the course were that we should continue to condense the course content with key messages, that we should further discipline the debates, make the PowerPoint presentations shorter and to allow for more group work.
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS / LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE COURSE
The PBF course welcomed participants from seven countries Cameroon, Ethiopia, Lesotho PBF program, Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The facilitation team consisted of Godelieve van Heteren, Fanen Verinumbe, Claire Rwiyereka and Robert Soeters. We also welcomed Nicolas de Norman, the director of BlueSquare, who enlightened us with his very spirited vision about the data collection and the integration of PBF within the DHIS2 system. Throughout the two weeks of the course, the country teams engaged in drafting and improving their action plans on how to implement and advance PBF in their countries.
View from the conference Hotel
The daily evaluations resulted in above average scores compared to previous courses. The methods and facilitation and participation and time keeping was above average, while the Hotel services this time was below average.
PBF course content and program materials have expanded considerably since the first course in 2007. Our aim has always been to cover all modules during the 12-days course, but this has become increasingly unrealistic with the new developments and instruments in PBF. The starting level of each participant is also different: some are novice in PBF while other’s have already PBF knowledge and come to the course with specific objectives. Therefore, we try progressively to condense the messages in order to gain time and to tailor the content of the course as much as possible to the needs of each participant. The weight of the exam has considerably increased since 2015. As a result, 11% of the participants during the last 9 courses in 2015-2016 did not pass the threshold of 55% compared to 5% during the previous 8 courses in 2014-2015. Yet, in this Mombasa course all participants manged to pass the exam for which we present our congratulations.
COUNTRY SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS