The Health Sector
Traditionally, the focus of partner organisations’ health activities has mainly been on the running of hospitals and health care clinics. In this way well-run centres have been guaranteed. In recent years, efforts have been made to make better use of these centres also externally in the local communities. This is done by supporting preventive and out-reaching health care work and strengthening the primary health care service. Priority has been given to prevention of HIV/AIDS and expansion of reproductive health care.
DMCDD supports health care activities and initiatives at three levels - the local, the regional and the national level.
At local level health sector activities will mainly focus on:
- Hygiene and nutrition
- Prevention of malaria
- Reproductive health care
- Health care information concerning mother and child relations
At regional level it may be relevant to reform some of the health institutions by strengthening their qualifications and administrative and financial sustainability. A perspective that is of relevance to the partner organisations is initiatives which promote the cooperation and coordination of the health sector with other actors working with health issues.
At the national level there is a need to strengthen the national cooperation and exchange of ideas between health care institutions. Initiatives aimed at analyzing and planning future needs and efforts of the health sector are relevant to the partner organisations.