Eye Kutoloka: NGOs Engaged in Health
With funding from USAID and in partnership with World Learning, Pathfinder improved the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local governments to deliver quality health services in eight provinces: Uige, Zaire, Kwanza Norte, Bengo, Malange, Benguela, Kwanza Sul, and Huambo.
The project had three objectives:
- Strengthen NGOs in management planning and budgeting for improved community health, malaria and HIV prevention, management, and education programs
- Increase the capacity of municipal health teams to deliver and expand better quality health services
- Enhance the capacity of NGOs to advocate for better service provision
The project built upon the malaria prevention and family planning/reproductive health work that Pathfinder had already completed in Angola throughout the past decade.
As a means of strengthening NGO capacity, the project conducted a participatory institutional assessment. As a result of these findings, the NGOs received support in defining their own organizational development priorities. The project provided mentoring in monitoring and evaluation, project design and development, and strategic planning. In addition, the project developed a standard output database that captures all of the activities undertaken by the five NGOs in different provinces. The database was designed to enhance the capacity of local health information systems and is currently being tested by the NGOs. Project staff also developed the first-ever National Malaria Protocol Manual in coordination with the Ministry of Health.
Pathfinder has indicated interest to support Niger State Government’s through an holistic health reform agenda to provide affordable and qualitative healthcare services for Nigerlites.