Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Healthcare (ISAQH)

The successor initiative to ACCESS project, the Initiative to Strengthen the Affordability and Quality of Healthcare (ISAQH) aims to scale up the mHealth solutions for supportive supervision (e-TIQH) to national level. Support to Community Health Funds explores the potential for better adherence and coverage to ensure alignment with the Universal Health Coverage agenda.

Initiative to Strengthen Affordability and Quality of Healthcare (ISAQH)

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.

Partners

  • Novartis Foundation

    Foundation
    Switzerland | Staff size: 26-50

    The Novartis Foundation is a philanthropic organization pioneering innovative healthcare models that have a transformational impact on the health of the poorest populations. We work hand-in-hand...

  • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

    Development Consulting, Institute
    Switzerland | Staff size: 501-1000

    The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institution in health research, training and services. It improves, maintains and promotes the health of individuals...

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Key Information

LocationTanzania, Eastern Africa
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2016
  • Sectors