By Victor Essang
Stakeholders in the health sector have scored result of the final evaluation of the Stat2State project implemented by 360 Health System Development Initiative (360 HSDI) in some local government areas of Akwa Ibom state in the past one year.
They gave their verdicts Tuesday in Uyo during the final dissemination meeting with stakeholders where the result of the project was presented.
State2State Project is funded by USAID and implemented in some health facilities in seven Local Government areas of the state.
The executive secretary of Akwa Ibom State Primary Health Care Development Agency (AKSPHCDA), Dr Eno Attah commended 360 HSDI for the successes they have recorded within one year of the project in the state.
Attah, who was represented by the director, administration and human resource of administration of the agency, Mrs Regina Udoukpo said 360 HSDI has really impacted on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system of the health sector of the state.
“There has been a lot of success story recorded and we are hoping they stay on and even increase their coverage to more Local Government Areas so that the state can continue to benefit from their services”, she said.
While thanking USAID for funding the project and 360 HSDI for the implementation, the Executive Secretary assured that they will work towards ensuring that primary health care service is accessible and affordable to everyone in the state.
A representative of State2State Project in the state, Mrs Munachiso Onwundinjo, applauded 360 HSDI for partnering with them in working to improve the primary health care system in the state.
On his part, the coordinator of the health clusters, Mr Justus Etuknwa said they have work efficiently to improve the primary health sector especially the reporting system while the M&E system have been standardized.
Etuknwa called for the suatainance of the project so that the state will continue to benefit optimally from the programme.
In his remarks, the country director, 360 HSDI, Mr Nonso Onwuludinjo, said in the past one year, they have been in intense interaction with closed stakeholders, people at Local Government level trying to partner to implement the state2state project as well as address M&E challenges that still exist on the primary health system.
Onwuludinjo, while welcoming the stakeholders, thanked them for their partnership in ensuring the implementation of the State2State Project in the state.
“I must say that we couldn’t have performed this far without your contributions, we are deeply grateful, we are here to present to you what our journey has been like and the result of our one year period”, he said.
He said the 360 HSDI have been in supportive effort to strengthening M&E governance structure and system as it relates to primary health.
The country director who said, “We have work collaboratively with stakeholders, quipped, “the project is geared towards improving accountability and governance system”
The Programme manager of 360 HSDI, Mr Oboma Eteng, said the purpose of the final dissemination meeting was to share result of the final project evaluation, present project achievements, share success stories and map out sustainability plans.
Eteng said the achievements they have recorded in the past one year has been amazing.
According to him, “we have moved from 57 per cent to 95 per cent. Its been a huge gain from the project and we hope that beyond this one year, the stakeholders will be able to implement the sustainability strategy that are being developed from this meeting”
He said the mandate of 360 HSDI on the State2State project is to increase efficiency of subnational government operations with a focus on monitoring and evaluation related to service delivery in primary
“Ours is to see how we can strengthen M&E system and improve service delivery in primary health care system. We also seek to improve women in primary health care participation”, he said
The programme Manager, who disclosed that the “USAID funded project Is a five year activity running from October 2020 to October 2025, said the project still have a lifespan but has yearly reviewal.
“The practice is that at the end of every project year we convene staholders meeting to carry out what we call final dissemination meeting to give an account, this is like us being accountable to you, because the whole project is centered on increased accountability, transparency and effectiveness in targeted states” he said.