Capacity building course key to accelerating health system reforms in the Republic of Moldova

WHO

The WHO/Europe flagship course on health system strengthening and sustainable financing is taking place in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, from 28 May to 1 June 2012. The course centres on two key reform areas – service delivery in hospitals and health financing – and involves approximately 70 participants, including representatives of the Ministry of Health, National Centre of Health Management, National Centre of Public Health, National Health Insurance Company, State Medical and Pharmaceutical University, National School of Public Health, international organizations and health care managers from across the country.

The training course was organized by the Ministry of Health with the support of the WHO Country Office. Its agenda covers analysis and diagnosis of performance problems, topics related to health financing, hospital governance and quality of care, as well as specific case studies, experience sharing and group work. The lecturers include representatives from the WHO office in Barcelona and the London School of Economics as well as experts working closely with the World Bank and WHO in Europe and other regions.

"This flagship course comes at the right time as we have all prerequisites in place to accelerate health reforms; and the only missing element is a critical mass of health managers with a clear vision who speak the same language," said Dr Andrei Usatii, Minister of Health, adding: "We are thankful to WHO for promptly responding to our request and making this event happen in Chisinau by mobilizing high-level expertise in priority areas."

Dr Juan Tello from WHO/Europe mentioned in his opening speech: "Investment in developing and updating the capacity of any civil servant from the Ministry of Health and subordinated institutions is the driving force of reform processes with long-term perspective and converging understanding that yields sustainable development of the health sector and the societies in general."

Knowledge sharing

WHO/Europe provides targeted capacity building opportunities in health financing through national, regional and multicountry courses. The mixture of expert presentations and facilitated debate in these courses ensures that practical experiences and good practices are shared.

The flagship course was undertaken this year in the Republic of Moldova as part of an EU-funded technical assistance programme under WHO coordination. The objectives of the programme include strengthening stewardship of health sector investments, better performance monitoring and ensuring greater use of evidence for policy decisions.

It had been more than six years since the flagship course was organized at country level in the Republic of Moldova. Both the regional and national trainings and courses bring good-quality lecturers and a high number national experts together in a cost-effective manner, providing a valuable resource for decision-makers.