Prof. Tih Pius; Director of the CBC Health Services
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Renewal of membership in all health committees in the SWR and NWR
So far, elections have successfully been organized in all the 10 LCI districts with the following outcomes; at the zonal level, zones having a population of 500 to 1000 inhabitants elected 2 community representatives to the Health Area Health Committee while zones having a population of above 1000 elected 3 community representatives to the Health Area Health Committee. Hence, at the health area level, 704 community representatives were elected by their peers to make up the Health Area Health Committees of all the 88 health areas in the 10 districts of project implementation with each committee made up of 8 members. These 8 members constituted members of the Health Area Standing committee and members of the Health Area Management Committee with the standing committee being the supreme decision making organ of the health area while the management committee handles the day to day affairs of the health area. At the level of the districts, among the two delegates that were delegated from each health area to contest for elections, 79 community representatives were elected to form the standing committee and the management committees of the 10 districts of project implementation. These elections were presided over by the highest authorities in the district. The following community stakeholders were present during the elections; traditional rulers, Mayors, Divisional/Sub Divisional Officers, forces of law and order, etc. It is worth noting that the committees were installed immediately after the election by the Divisional Officers. The elections went on hitch free with CBCHS ATWG being the main supervisors at the district levels.
In order to strengthen these committees on their roles and responsibilities and on other health issues, it was necessary to revise the dialogue structure guide to align with the new health sectorial strategy 2016-2027 and the sustainable development goal of 2030. In line with this, the ATWG in partnership with the Regional Delegations of Public Health and the Regional Funds for Health Promotion elaborated a common Terms of Reference and an Action plan for the said activity. The first exercise on the revision of the guide was conducted in the Northwest Region chaired by the Regional Delegate of Public Health. It was a 2 day workshop that brought together a total of 23 key participants from both the regional and district levels. It ended up with the guide being revised with substantial inputs from all while a committee was formed to work on some critical issues identified.