Statistics for better decision making in healthcare policy

On Monday, May 12th, at the official presentation ceremony of the 2013 statistical report on health care in Haiti, Dr. Florence Guillaume, Minister of Health, stated “Of the total of live births and maternal deaths which occurred in institutions and in the community reported by MSPP institutions, the maternal mortality ratio is around 157 per 100, 000 live births in 2013." This ceremony was held at the Karibe Hotel.

Publié le 2014-05-16 | Le Nouvelliste

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llThe 2013 report showed improvements in certain indicators between 2011 and 2013: the coverage of the reports submitted by institutions increased from 59.3% to 87.1%. The average number of visits per capita was 0.57 in 2011 and 0.62 in 2013. The proportion of children under one year old vaccinated against polio 3 increased from 79.2% to 97%. The rate of measles-rubella immunization of children under one year old increased from 58.5% in 2011 to 85% in 2013. “The coverage of the pentavalent vaccine 3 that we introduced is 89%. Although the data does not cover all private institutions in the country, it constitutes a good representation of Haitian health system statistics, "stated Minister Guillaume. Dr. Guillaume believes that it is the duty of MSPP to collect statistical data for better decision making. The publication of the 2013 Statistical Report is part of the Ministry’s commitment to make all health information available and accessible. She also hoped that all MSPP managers are working hard to fill the gaps for data not yet available in the health information system (SIS). She also invited MSPP partners to join them so that the SIS can truly serve as a unique data source for the Haitian health system.” Dr. Jean Patrick Alfred, Assistant Director of MSPP’s Programming and Assessment Unit said that the state cannot plan for growth, health, education and welfare of the population without statistical data, an essential element for good decision making. "Countries like Haiti who are suffering from the most serious problems of health are also those whose information systems are weaker. To address this gap, the unit has published the 2010-2011 national health accounts and will publish the 2011-2012 national report in June 2014. The evaluation of health delivery services, 2010-2011-2012 and now the 2013 health reports are being made available to monitor the impact of policies implemented to make good decisions.” According to Dr. Jean Marie Rwangaboba PAHO/WHO Representative, "This report is the result of many efforts by various levels of Haiti’s health system.” He also welcomed the presence of departmental directors who made the trip to show the importance of the work it takes to ensure that this report is published annually. He stressed further that the recent history of Haiti’s health information system teaches us that for at least ten years, several initiatives have been set up to establish a single health information system. Along the same lines, Ramiz Alakbarof, UNFPA Representative, believes that the Western world must take another look on Haiti, because many things have improved. As an example, he cited the Manman ak timoun (Mother and Children) health program that offers free healthcare for pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Community health agents in the country have raised awareness on the benefits of going to the hospital. "I congratulate you, because with inspiring leadership, you are on the right track," said Alakbarof. The Ministry took this opportunity to present Honor and Merit plaques to the health departmental directorates who worked to create this report. Three departments were also distinguished for excellence in health outcomes in 2013: 1st South, 2nd the Nippes, and 3rd the Northeast. At the end of the ceremony, the minister received a plaque of honor for her work. Article by Claude Bernard Sérant Translated from Le Nouvelliste by Kristine Belizaire

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