Makerere University in maternal-newborn care community score card viability study
Makerere University School of Public Health has partnered with Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda under the auspices of the Future Health Systems (FHS) Research Consortium to develop and test a community and facility score card for maternal and newborn health service delivery.
The feasibility study aims at identifying facilitators, barriers and factors that could influence implementation, institutionalization and scale up of community and facility score cards in Uganda.
The Community Score Card is a two-way and ongoing participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of services.
Speaking at a stakeholder consultative meeting in Kibuku, the FHS Uganda Team Leader Dr Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho said while Uganda has developed and is set to roll out an RMNCH (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) score card that is being rolled out in the districts, the country lacks a community score card which is important for capturing community concerns about health care delivery.
“The community score card can also be useful for holding the community accountable for taking actions that are useful for improving their health,” Dr Ekirapa told the stakeholders while introducing this new partnership. “What we want in the end is to be able to propose a model that works not only in Kibuku but something that can be replicated in the rest of the country. It should be affordable but also puts into consideration what is important to community members.”
Following national and district stakeholder consultations, the study which is currently at formative research stage, will have three community score card sessions starting September 2017 through May 2018 with an end line evaluation in June 2018.
The Kibuku District Health Officer Dr Ahmed Bumba welcomed the new initiative pledging continued partnership with Makerere University and FHS following the recently concluded Maternal and Neonatal implementation for Equitable Systems Study under the same consortium. “I want to commit that we will be 100 percent on board. We will walk this journey together.”