College of Health and Medical Sciences Launches New Project for Eastern Ethiopia’s Three Regions

 

Capacity Building and Mentorship Program’s (CBMP) project review and launching ceremony was held on February 11, 2018 at Dire Dawa City with the presence of all project stakeholders from Ethiopian Somali Region, Harari Region and Dire Dawa City Administration Health Bureau.

The Project aims to improve data quality and transformation of health information at the lower levels in the health system, to improve the culture of using Health information for decision-making, to improve the capacity of health workers and health managers to use health information for evidence-based decision-making and to expedite the digitization process through engagement and partnership with local universities.

According to Mr. Admas Abera CBMP Project Director, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) funds the project for three years and the fund will be released based on the performance of universities in successful achievement of the objectives of this project.

The initiation first came from the Ministry requesting the universities in the region for their active involvement. Accordingly, Haramaya University formed a team of seven staff members from various disciplines in College of Health and Medical Sciences (CHMS) to write the project proposal to support the Ethiopian Somali, Harari regions and Dire Dawa City Administration.

On the launching ceremony, discussions were made between stakeholders on the role of the University and regions health bureaus in the implementation of the project. Accordingly, the University will collaborate and work closely with the three regional health bureaus. Specifically, Haramaya University will participate in the design and process of CBMP, provide technical support to the regional health bureaus, implement capacity building and mentorship activities in selected health facilities , liaise with the FMOH and RHBs in identifying needs and design appropriate intervention, conduct implementation research in collaboration with FMoH and Regional Health Bureaus and publish findings in scientific journals, provide input for program plan and design based on research findings, and submit periodic technical and financial reports.

The regional health bureaus have responsibilities to participate in the design and process of CBMP, facilitate the implementation of HIS, monitor activities of CBMP in their respective woredas, identify the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the Program, participate in review meetings, link the University with zones, districts and health facilities, as well as Engage with local agencies and partners, and involve in evaluating program outcomes.

Moreover, Federal Ministry of Health will give the overall supervision of the Project through the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in which the Ministry will chair the committee. The TAC is composed of the representatives of implementing universities and will be chaired by a representative from the Ministry.

Prof. Chemda Fininsa, President of Haramaya University, stated that the project is a shared project and all stakeholders have to stand together to the successful implementation of its activities. He added the project will have an important role to play towards advancing collaborations between the University and the regional health offices.

Prof. Chemda thanked the project team for their tireless efforts made through developing the project and all persons who collaborated with the team to bring the project to this stage.

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