Increasing access to hospitals and healthcare facilities
Strong health systems are essential to address health emergencies and ongoing health threats in the communities we serve. We partner with and support existing healthcare facilities, support the construction of new facilities, and ensure modern and appropriate medical equipment to save the lives of women and children and improve health in communities worldwide.
Although health systems differ from country to country, there are general issues that are shared globally.
Approximately one billion people are not accessing appropriate health services.
Significant challenges include general inaccessibility, unavailability, and unaffordable or simply poor quality health services.
Our programs embrace a systems approach to effectively strengthen the performance of individual faith-based and government health facilities within the wider health system. Many countries have taken the first step towards improving their current systems by completing WHO’s Country Accountability Framework tool (1). The framework measures health system status and lays the foundation for the development of a road map to implement strategies to strengthen the current health system.
Within these categories, our approach to health system strengthening includes:
- enabling and improving the quality of service delivery
- health workforce
- health information systems
- medical products and commodities
- leadership and governance
By working together with facility staff and community health workers, our approach strengthens the community-facility-community referral systems, including referrals from lower to higher level facilities. Through the power of partnerships, we help ensure that quality health care is provided to the most vulnerable by providing outreach services following national guidelines and protocols with appropriate reporting.
Program Highlight: Strengthening Mission Hospitals in Kenya
As a member of the CHAP Consortium in Kenya, CMMB works to strengthen 55 faith based health facilities in 20 counties that serve more than 40,000 patients. CMMB supports strong grant management and compliance by building the capacity of relevant grant management staff. To strengthen governance and leadership, CMMB helps review and update polices and procedures, introduce/reinforce best practices, and develop and implement strategic plans.
Competent and trained staff who are able to provide technical oversight to others are vital to the overall success and sustainability of the system. CMMB also works with health facilities to improve documentation and data use for decision-making. Efficiency is guaranteed when facilities are confident that they have the right health personnel in the right position doing the right job, ensuring delivery of quality health services.