Niger Regional Health Care Professional Workshop and Mapping
9-10 JUNE 2010 | NIAMEY, NIGER
Organizer: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Event dates: 9-10 June 2010
Venue: Niamey, Niger
9-10 JUNE 2010 | NIAMEY, NIGER - Spurred by recommendations from the 2008 Burkina Faso regional health care professional workshop, a regional HCP network – Ré APS-Niger - developed and held both a mapping exercise of members and a regional workshop in Niger in June 2010. Discussions included key issues such as a better integration of HCPAs in the implementation of the health and poverty reduction strategies.
Funded by various partners, the regional HCP network – Ré APS-Niger – has been able to oversee the implementation of annual workplans, starting from the action plan developed during the regional workshop. The network has organized a number of strategic and consultative sessions among HCPAs and between HCPAs, civil society organizations and ministries of health.
In June 2010, the HCPA network conducted a mapping of existing health care professional associations in order to best devise a capacity building programme that best suits all of the existing associations. The mapping served to classify all associations based on their areas of interventions and competencies and will allow the network to better support HCPAs so that they can increase their contribution to the achievement of the MDGs. Workshop
The mapping was followed by a workshop during information was exchanged on:
- The possible role of HCPAs in the improvement of quality services and in building better relationships between the public and private sector;
- Leadership skills development;
- Development of strategic alliances; and
- Resource mobilization.
The workshop also allowed discussion on key issues for a better integration of HCPAs in the implementation of the health and poverty reduction strategies. Discussions recommended an increased focus of HCPAs on:
- Capacity building;
- Creation of regional offices;
- Organization of national information/advocacy days;
- Organization of meetings between HCPAs, national institutions and development partners in each of the country's regions;
- Development of a national advocacy/ resource mobilization strategy;
- Organization of annual strategic meeting for the development of individual HCPA action plans;
- Development of innovative initiatives for the reduction of maternal and child mortality; and
- Development of a monitoring and evaluation mechanism.