Antigua and Barbuda Health System Under Review

ST. John’s, Antigua – The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is conducting an assessment of the Antigua and Barbuda health system.

The assessment is being implemented by the Health Systems 20/20 and the Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) projects, with assistance from the Ministry of Health.

It will gather information from both the public and private sector to develop a sense of the opportunities and constraints on the health system.

The methodology is a rapid, integrated approach to assessing health systems, looking at six vital components: health financing, pharmaceutical management, governance, health information systems, human resources for health, and service delivery.

Special emphasis will also be placed on the current and potential role of the private sector in the health system.

Findings will inform stakeholders of critical systems strengths and challenges, and facilitate the prioritization of key areas of potential technical assistance provided by United States Government agencies through the PEPFAR Caribbean Regional Partnership Framework.

To this end a team of seven consultants, headed by Ms. Sara Sulzbach, will be conducting visits and interviews at various facilities in the public and private sectors, commencing Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 20, 2011.

This assessment will redound positively on significant interventions that can strengthen the Health System in Antigua and Barbuda. Stakeholders’ input and cooperation are highly appreciated.

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