Improving acces to health services
13 May 2014
Serge Heijnen, manager business unit KIT Health: ‘Health around the world is improving, but large groups of people are left behind. Limited information and services in low and middle-income countries is a major issue. That is where my team comes in. With 30 professionals from different social & medical disciplines we work closely with our partners to achieve their ambitions. To improve access to quality health services, local and national governments and international organizations partner with KIT Health. For research and advice on universal health coverage, human resources for health, sexual and reproductive health, rights and disease management.’
As an example, recently we evaluated the KIT/SNV project financed by the Dutch Embassy in Mali introducing result-based financing of health facilities in Kolikoro Province in Mali. The success of this approach was proven by an almost five-fold increase in children’s consultations, over 200% increase in utilization of ante-natal and neo-natal care, and an 125% increase in deliveries assisted by qualified personnel. The Ministry of Health is proud of these achievements, and up-scaling to other regions is bound to start in 2014.
We work in the field, acquire knowledge and apply it, but we also share it. Through master programmes, short courses and institutional support, KIT equips health professionals to be leaders in addressing public health challenges around the world. And all these activities seem to deliver: Clients appreciate this collaborative approach underpinned by in-depth international experience, evidence-based and practical solutions delivered within their particular context.
Over the next years we aim to be a respected partner of governments, development agencies and the private sector who look for financing, governance, human resources and capacity solutions to achieve universal health coverage, maternal and child health and management of major diseases and conditions such as HIV&AIDS, Tuberculosis and Leprosis.