A step towards the establishment of a Monitoring System for Kosovo Healthcare
Since the previous phase of “Health Support Program in Kosovo – KSV014”, the Monitoring & Evaluation Division (M&E Division) of Ministry of Health has been supported on regular basis. Technical assistance offered to the Division includes trainings on instruments for capacity building. Therefore last month, as part of activities within the “Health Support Program – Phase II - KSV/017”, the M&E training was organized. The training targeted the core of the Healthcare Institutions in Kosovo and contributed to the establishment of a monitoring system in the sector.
Setting up an M&E system for monitoring the implementation of the “Health Sector Strategy 2016-2020”is a challenge which demands the involvement of all Healthcare Institutions.
Through implementation of a Monitoring & Evaluation system, the MoH will be able to better observe the progress, stagnation or failures in the healthcare system. A functional M&E system, will facilitate the role of the MoH as policymaker and regulator of the sector. With this in mind a 5 days training on M&E has been provided by KSV/017.
Participants included staff and decision-makers from the different institutions, like directors and staff from different departments of the Ministry of Health and Kosovo Hospital and University Clinical Services (KHUCS), directors of hospitals and members of the health professional chambers.
Furthermore representatives from Accessible Quality Healthcare (AQH), a project supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation, were encouraged to participate in the LuxDev training and apply the M&E system in their project. Employing the same system would strengthen the harmonisation and coordination between donors and counterpart.
The training offered basic tools for Monitoring and Evaluation and focused on the Kosovo Health Sector Strategy 2016-2020. This document has been approved by the Ministry of Health and consists of objectives and results for the forthcoming years.
How to measure changes occurred in Healthcare as a consequence of the strategy’s implementation? During the M&E training, participants learned how to define the structure needed to monitor the sector as well as to collaborate with the M&E Division, as a leading actor in this process. At present, staff and directors of different institutions are open to respond to the changes demanded by the implementation of an M&E system