Official healthcare quality improvement policy in Côte d’Ivoire

On October 3, 2016, the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene in Côte d’Ivoire hosted an official ceremony to adopt a national policy document for improving the quality of health care and services. The event was attended by US Embassy First Secretary Jeff Bryan and USAID Mission Health Office Acting Director Nancy Nolan.

Mr. Bryan reiterated the US government’s unfailing support to public health as an essential element of Côte d’Ivoire’s development.

Côte d’Ivoire Minister of Health Raymonde Goudou Coffie thanked USAID ASSIST for its contribution and collaboration. ASSIST was instrumental in providing technical assistance to the development of the policy, which provides a set of guidelines, based on established values and principles, to guide targeted decisions and long-term actions.

Minister Goudou Coffie said that “considerable efforts have been made by the government to improve the health system, including rehabilitation and construction of health infrastructure, improving the wage index of health staff, and the renewal of technical platforms. Today what remains is the quality of care in our public health facilities.” This national policy document, she continued, should be a valuable resource for health workers.

About the policy for health care and services quality improvement

In March of 2016, ASSIST, in collaboration with the Directorate of Hospital Medicine (MOH), organized a workshop to develop the first draft of the policy for health care and services quality improvement. The workshop included national and international experts involved in the quality of care and treatment services of Cote d’Ivoire. The national quality improvement policy was finalized on June 16, 2016 and officially handed to the MOH on October 3, 2016.

What’s next for ASSIST in Côte d’Ivoire?

Moving forward, ASSIST will support development of a Quality Improvement National Strategic Plan of health care and services. Once this is completed, ASSIST will then develop a Quality Improvement Operational Plan at the regional and district level in order to reduce gaps in implementation of UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets

Learn more about the USAID ASSIST Project: visit www.usaidassist.org

US Embassy First Secretary Jeff Bryan and Cote d'Ivoire Minister of Health Raymonde Goudou Coffie celebrate the handover of the national policy for health care and services quality improvement
US Embassy First Secretary Jeff Bryan and Cote d'Ivoire Minister of Health Raymonde Goudou Coffie shake hands during the handover of the national policy for health care and services quality improvement
Date 
October 05, 2016
Authors 
Christina Zola, Communications Specialist, and Mayssa el Khazen, Improvement Advisor for Knowledge Management
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