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UNDP RBA Workshop on MDG-Based National Development Strategies Module 4: Health Strategies UN Millennium Project February 27-March 3, 2006
www.unmillenniumproject.org 2 Reaching the MDGs will require investing in an outcome focused health system that can deliver an integrated set of quality essential health services to all of the population Such a strengthened system of health care delivery includes prevention and treatment activities carried out in the community, the clinic and up to the district, referral hospital The MDG Needs Assessment Approach
www.unmillenniumproject.org 3 The MDG Needs Assessment Approach 1.Identify interventions 2.Specify targets for each intervention 3.Estimate resource needs 4.Check results
www.unmillenniumproject.org 4 1. Choosing Interventions Infectious Diseases Child Health, Maternal Health, and Reproductive Health IMCI package Immunization Neonatal package Antenatal care Skilled attendance and clean delivery Emergency obstetric care (EmOC) Contraception and family planning services Safe abortions and care of complications of abortion Antiretroviral therapy UNAIDS HIV prevention and care package Artemisinin combination treatment for malaria (as appropriate) Insecticide treated nets and IRS as appropriate (other vector control as appropriate) DOTS and DOTS Plus (as required)
www.unmillenniumproject.org 5 1. Choosing Interventions New infrastructure and O&M of existing infrastructure at district level Adequate health personnel salaries Pre- and in-service training Community demand interventions Management systems and monitoring & evaluation Research and development Health System Interventions to ensure availability, e.g.: Incentives to direct research and development Establishment of national essential medicines lists, including preventive, curative, and reproductive health commodities, equipment, and supplies Ensuring reliable procurement and distribution systems Interventions to ensure affordability, e.g.: Equity pricing Reduction of tariffs and duties Reduction of mark-ups Interventions to ensure appropriate use, e.g.: Programs to improve the way drugs are prescribed, dispensed, and used Public media campaigns and education of providers Access to Essential Medicines
www.unmillenniumproject.org 6 Some health MDGs have quantified targets, such as the goal on child mortality Others allow for interpretation of targets, such as HIV/AIDS Each country will need to adopt specific numeric outcome targets to guide its MDG health strategy. Health MDGs offer no specific guidance on coverage levels for health services. Overall aim should be to achieve universal coverage of essential health services (or essential health package). 2. Defining and Setting Targets: Outcome Targets
www.unmillenniumproject.org 7 3. Estimating Resource Needs To assist countries in undertaking a Needs Assessment, the Millennium Project suggests the following four-point approach: A.Direct intervention costs (drugs, supplies, hospital beds, diagnostic tests) B.Human resources C.Infrastructure D.Health systems strengthening
www.unmillenniumproject.org 8 NO. OF CASES COST PER CASE Country epidemiological data Country demographic data Target coverage rates Intervention components and quantities Unit costs of components Drugs Hospital bed and food Laboratory costs Other supplies TOTAL COSTS 3. Estimating Resource Needs: A. Direct Intervention Costs
www.unmillenniumproject.org 9 3. Estimating Resource Needs: B. Human Resources Countries need to calculate the number and cost of health workers at all levels of the health system needed to deliver the interventions at scale. Health workers include (among others): doctors nurses and midwives clinical officers lab technicians and technologists pharmacists and pharmacy technicians community health workers health managers
www.unmillenniumproject.org 10 3. Estimating Resource Needs: B. Human Resources Human resource cost categories include salary and benefits in-service training pre-service training retention and distribution incentives Human resource needs should be carefully estimated by each country for the desired level of service coverage
www.unmillenniumproject.org 11 3. Estimating Resource Needs: B. Human Resources Suggested costing methods Health workers per facilities Doctor or nurse to population ratio Conducting a comprehensive human resources needs survey Country example: Yemen Human Resources Needs, 2015
www.unmillenniumproject.org 12 3. Estimating Resource Needs: C. Infrastructure Number and cost of building or refurbishing health facilities from health posts to first level referral hospitals (including capital costs, maintenance, and overhead). Country example: Ethiopia Infrastructure Needs, 2015
www.unmillenniumproject.org 13 3. Estimating Resource Needs: D. Health Systems Strengthening Two methods: 1.Bottom-up costing of health system components Costs of managers at all levels (training and salaries) Quality control and audit systems Basic financial and accounting systems Health information systems (and required ICT) Public health functions (such as epidemiologic surveillance) Enhancing community demand for services (health education and community mobilization)
www.unmillenniumproject.org 14 3. Estimating Resource Needs: D. Health Systems Strengthening 2.Overhead mark-up to direct cost of services Estimate a percentage of direct cost of services as follows: Strengthening management systems (including financial management) 20% of direct health costs including salaries Improving monitoring, evaluation, and quality assurance 15% of direct health costs including salaries Building capacity for basic research and development 2% of direct health costs including salaries
www.unmillenniumproject.org 15 3. Estimating Resource Needs: Adding it All Up Direct costs of all interventions + Infrastructure and HRH costs Costs of health system strengthening + Total health costs
www.unmillenniumproject.org 16 4. Checking Results Review all results to ensure that numbers are robust. Here are some sample health costs from Tanzania:
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