mombeshora 10.12.10.jpgThe government has resuscitated the National Health Accounts Project, which is meant to establish how the burden of health finance is shared among stakeholders.

The national health accounts is statistical information that reflects patterns of expenditure on health and in Zimbabwe, such collection of information was last done in 2001 with the support from the European Union.

Officially launching the project, which is expected to be completed before the end of this year, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said this is a major step towards policy formulation.

“The idea is to establish how the burden of health financing is shared among stakeholders and this provides government with information that assists in policy formulation,” Dr Mombashora said.

World Health Organisation (WHO) representative, Dr Custodia Madhlate said the programme will enable her organisation to know where to channel resources within the health sector while UNICEF representative, Dr Abou Kampo commended Zimbabwe for resuscitating the project.

Ideally, the National Health Accounts Reports should be produced every 2 years to keep policy makers up to date with trends in health expenditures.

The current survey and data collection which started on Monday will see the production of the report before the end of the year. 

Other countries that have adopted the initiative include Kenya, Rwanda, Niger, Tanzania and Uganda, among others, and it has helped to increase health budget allocations by governments.