By Dionisio Nombura, Task Team Leader, World Bank
As the Social Accountability Knowledge, Skills, Action and Networking (SAKSAN) project is coming to an end, Concern Universal Mozambique (CUMz) and the Government of Mozambique are looking to continue with the activities in other districts/provinces. The project, funded by the GPSA and currently implemented in six districts, seeks to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable through enhanced social accountability and responsiveness to social needs of service delivery in the health sector.
On January 5, 2017, the Minister of Health, Nazira Abdula, met with CUMz in Lichinga to discuss the project. Civic groups from three target districts had the opportunity to share their experiences including actions developed, problems identified through social audits, commitments assumed by both provincial and district government and the results achieved. The Minister congratulated the team for their contribution in building constructive engagement between service users and health professionals, as well as for an improvement of the health services mainly in maternal and reproductive health and HIV treatment. In addition, the Minister congratulated the Niassa Provincial Directorate of Health for the recent decision to reflect about the outcomes from social audits as part of the planning and budgeting processes. Once again, the Niassa Provincial Directorate of Health has urged CUMz/SAKSAN to scale-up the project to other districts not currently covered.
The Minister said, “The Government's obligation is to ensure access to quality health care. The civic groups have shown that SAKSAN is an important project to promote constructive engagement between health units and communities to improve health services."
The Minister was accompanied by her team including Dr. Francisco Nbofana, National Director of Public Health. The Provincial Health Director of Niassa also joined the meeting including the District Health, Women's Affairs and Social’s Directors of Muembe, Marrupa and Maúa as well as the civic groups.