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Exciting times! Last week marked the kick-off call for a transformative project in Cameroon’s health sector!

Our m4h team, consisting of Ameni Makkes and Linda Wiechens, along with our Team Leader Zakariaou Njoumemi and national consultant Emmanuel Bodzewan, participated in a GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) kick-off workshop in Yaoundé. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the Good Financial Governance Project and its objectives to the MINSANTE (Ministry of Public Health), establish stakeholder contacts and to engage in a discussion with the stakeholders on the FinHealth topic specifically in Cameroun. The stakeholders showed significant enthusiasm for the project and were engaged in discussions regarding the sampling of the project and its field The workshop concluded with a highly productive lunch networking session.

The implementation of the FinHealth Toolkit is based on three distinct pillars:

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Implementation: Thrilled to collaborate with Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSANTE) on advancing UHC. The innovative FinHealth tool approach includes an output-based financing model, incorporating fee-for-service and case-based financing. Drawing from successful experiences with results-based financing and fee-for-service reimbursement for HIV services, the MINSANTE and GIZ are eager to enhance healthcare quality and accessibility.

Navigating Financial Challenges: The Universal Health Coverage is expected to rely on an output-based funding model, which will involve a combination of fee-for-service and case-based financing. Cameroon has introduced performance-based finance, funded by the World Bank, and fee-for-service reimbursement for HIV services, among other initiatives. Although these approaches have demonstrated their effectiveness in dealing with the root causes of health financing and public finance management difficulties that affect service delivery outcomes, it is essential to prioritize the resolution of bottlenecks in fund transfers to health facilities (FOSA) for sustainable success. We are committed to support the MINSANTE, GIZ and the Republic of Cameroun in overcoming challenges and ensuring the seamless flow of resources for improved health outcomes.

Empowering Change with FinHealth Toolkit: Excited to leverage the World Bank’s FinHealth Toolkit to address public financial management (PFM) issues in the health sector. This diagnostic tool will guide GIZ and the MINSANTEin optimizing public spending efficiency, strengthening service delivery, and fostering an integrated approach for lasting impact.

Looking forward to collaboration, innovation, and positive health transformations!