[TABLE="class: contentpaneopen"] [TR] [TD="class: contentheading"][/TD] [TD="class: buttonheading, align: right"] Send to a friend [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE="class: contentpaneopen"] [TR] [TD="class: createdate"] Friday, 11 November 2011 22:26 [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] digg Permanent Secretary for Health and Social Welfare, Ms Blandina Nyoni. By Songa wa Songa The Citizen Correspondent Dar es Salaam. In what has been described by observers as a major policy shift, the State will soon start allocating substantial amounts of money to private hospitals to facilitate more and better health service delivery in disadvantaged rural communities. It has emerged that the government and donors have reached an agreement to channel half of the Sh168 billion in health budget support funds directly to public and private hospitals at the grassroots. According to the government and the donors, this is a deliberate move to drive quick health delivery results through local councils throughout the country.Areas targeted include those that are highly disadvantaged, it was revealed yesterday by the ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The donors who are expected to contribute some Sh168 billion this financial year noted that the new cash injection system would expand access and quick health service. Through the initiative, about half of the funding or Sh81 billion will be channeled directly to local government authorities. This amount will go into financing front line health services in both private and public institutions. The move to directly channel health funds to the councils would be welcome news following widespread complaints of embezzlements by the many layers of State bureaucracy. Beneficiaries have in the past complained that money meant for such facilities did not reach them while the reports of the controller and auditor general are full of cases where bogus projects consumed millions of shillings in unexplained expenses. Private hospital proprietors, mainly church or Community based organizations or NGOs would also be placated after many years of pressurising the state to extend them subsidies.Private health facilities play a critical role in places where public ones are either in short supply or do not exist usually have enough personnel and equipment to operate effectively. The chair of the Development Partners Group on Health Dr Inge Baumgarten said the rationale and structure of this year's allocations aim at cracking equity, quality and personnel disparities at the local level. "At the moment, for example, certain districts and certain population groups remain particularly disadvantaged and have difficulties accessing even basic health services; we want to change that with allocations proportional to district populations and other poverty related indicators," Dr Baumgarten said. The official noted that there was also a major allocation of Sh72 billion, half of which would go to the Medical Stores Department to procure drugs and supplies with a view to reducing drug and commodities stock-outs at dispensaries, health centres and district hospitals. "Small funding allocations will also be made to supervision and oversight bodies including Tanzania's 21 regional secretaries and the Prime Minister's Office - Regional Authorities and Local Government", Dr Baumgarten added. The agreement was revealed yesterday in a press statement released by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Social Welfare, Ms Blandina Nyoni. It followed a sectoral review meeting with the donors and other stakeholders held mid this week. The PS said the commitment was an increase of 30 per cent from last year and will go towards the purchase of medicines, recruitment of doctors and nurses, improve hospitals and health facilities and develop general infrastructure. She said the government and its development partners were committed to using the health basket as a funding mechanism because the initiative had demonstrated the ability to speed up progress towards attaining national goals.[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Source: The Citizen. My take: Kwanini serikali isiachane na hizi MoU za Serikali na non-governmental sectors? Kama hoja ni kuwasaidia wananchi maskini basi bora zaidi WANGELIWALIPIA WAGONJWA BADALA YA KUWAPA HELA HOSPITALI za watu binafsi au taasisi za kidini!!! Waachiwe wenye hospitali zao waziendeshe wenyewe na walipe kodi.