ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Health Sector Management Program Support Project aims to improve the effectiveness of the Government of Samoa in managing and implementing the Health Sector Plan 2008-2018. This will involve working on three key areas:
1. Health promotion and prevention
Health promotion is at the centre of the Ministry of Health’s reform efforts. The project will support the change in the health sector from a medical focus to a wider health and general wellness view.
2. Quality health care services
The project will aim to improve the quality and delivery of health care, particularly at the primary care level. This will involve:
- Staff training on disease management;
- Building the skills of health workers;
- Improving reproductive, maternal and child health services to reduce the number of deaths amongst new mothers and babies;
- Improving general health care and community health outreach; and
- Improving understanding of medicinal needs, distribution and use by upgrading warehouses and inventory management systems.
3. Policy, monitoring, and oversight of the health system
The project will support the Ministry of Health in its role of coordination, policy development, monitoring and regulation in the health sector. Potential activities include creating and putting in place a human resource strategy for the health sector, including a database of multi-skilled nurses; monitoring and evaluating health care systems; promoting partnerships with non-government organisations and the private sector in order to improve health care service delivery; and developing a Bachelor of Health Science degree at the National University of Samoa.