Following the success of ACCESS in 2003 to 2012, the partners decided to create a new initiative called Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Healthcare (ISAQH). ISAQH will work with partners to scale up two of the ACCESS interventions: Broadening scope and scaling up of the Community Health Funds to improve affordability, and Rolling out of the electronic assessment tool to evaluate and improve quality.
To reach its goal the ACCESS program considered five dimensions of access to health care (availability, accessibility, affordability, adequacy, and acceptability) and implemented interventions on supply and demand side addressing all these dimensions. For the successor initiative, the Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Health Care (ISAQH), it was decided from 2013 onwards to mainly focus and scale up two previous components: (1) assessing and improving quality of health care on the supply side and (2) strengthening and expanding coverage of the Community Health Funds (CHFs) on the demand side. This was done because it was clear that good quality of care was a prerequisite for the people's willingness to contribute to the CHF, and conversely increased contributions were linked to more financial, material and personal resources leading to quality improvements. Thus, the goal of ISAQH is to improve financial access to and quality of health services in all health facilities in the Morogoro Region of Tanzania.
|Location||Tanzania, Eastern Africa|