Since the signature of the Peace Agreements in 2002 and as a result of the implementation of post-war rehabilitation, reconstruction and development actions, Angola has registered a remarkable recovery. The country has achieved unprecedented levels of economic growth. Although the health sector has benefited from this positive economic momentum, namely with the construction and rehabilitation of health facilities, the improvement in nutrition indicators and the increase in the rate of vaccination against infectious diseases, the impact of the recent oil-driven economic growth on living conditions is marginal and the social and health situation remains very critical.
The epidemiological profile of Angola is characterized by a high prevalence of communicable and parasitic diseases. Malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea and HIV/AIDS are among the most serious diseases and are the main causes of mortality and morbidity. It is estimated that less than 40% of the population has access to essential maternal and child health care services. The main causes contributing to this worrying health situation are related with, on the one hand, the underutilization of the health system, caused by difficulties of physical access to health facilities, budgetary constraints of families and the perception of lack of quality of health services provided. On the other hand, supply-side factors are associated with an inadequate health system unable to provide timely and reliable health services to the population, in sufficient quantity and quality and at reasonable costs.
The overall objective of this project is thus to contribute to improved health conditions of the population, especially women and children, with a focus on the provinces of Huambo, Bié, Benguela, Huíla and Luanda.
The Technical Assistance Team will provide services in the following areas:
Strengthen and improve the institutional capacity of the central services of the Ministry of Health to develop, improve and coordinate standards, procedures, instruments and tools in the areas of strategic and operational planning, budgeting, organization of services, monitoring and negotiation.
Strengthen and improve the capabilities of the Ministry of Health at provincial level for planning, budgeting, organizing and managing the integrated health services in accordance with the policy of decentralization and the process of municipalisation of health services.
Improve the quality of care services in maternal and child health of Municipal Hospitals and Reference Health Centres, particularly to ensure the chain of care for pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn.
The following results shall, among others, be achieved
National Medium Term Health Development Plan prepared, implemented, monitored and regularly reviewed by the Ministry of Health.
Appropriate health information available to the different levels of decision making.
National Plan for Human Resource Development designed and implemented as well as management and training in the area of human resources strengthened.
Implementation and monitoring of the process of decentralization of health services supported.
Plans for Health Development in the target provinces and municipalities developed, implemented, monitored and reviewed regularly
Annual Operational Plans with budget allocation implemented in the provinces and municipalities targeted by the intervention and other provinces of the project.
Mapping tools and new health information system developed.
Capabilities in budget planning, organization and management of services for maternal and child health of the municipal health offices and municipal hospitals strengthened.
Capacity planning, management and performance of the teams responsible for providing care in maternity services, including in the area of reproductive health and HIV control of municipal hospitals, improved.
Quality of prenatal care developed to identify risk pregnancies.
Services for obstetric surgery and blood transfusion in municipal hospitals developed.
Communities mobilized and informed about safe motherhood, prevention of HIV / AIDS and voluntary blood donation.