Garissa County Launch Health Sector Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
GARISSA, KENYA – In April, Garissa County launched its County Health Sector Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, making it the first of 47 Kenyan counties to do so.
The plan is intended to monitor progress towards the implementation of the county’s health sector strategic plan, and support efficiency in the delivery of health care services.
Speaking during the launch of the document, Abdullahi Hussein, the Garissa County Deputy Governor, noted that the county was committed to improving access to health services by implementing the activities contained in the strategic plan. He added that “the health M&E plan for Garissa County, 2013-18, will serve as an important guide for monitoring the implementation and evaluation of the Garissa County Health Strategic Plan 2014-2015. “
Dr. Farah Amin, the Garissa County Director for Health, who shared an overview of the M&E plan, said the county government was committed to fund the cost of plan implementation in forthcoming county budgets.
“According to the county’s performance monitoring, health is the best-performing sector and we have allocated 21 percent of the county budget for the financial year (2015/2016) to the sector,” Dr. Amin said.
The M&E plan was developed by the Garissa County Ministry of Health, with financial and technical support from the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation PIMA (MEval-PIMA) project. Other partners involved in the plan’s development included APHIAplus, IMARISHA, UNICEF and CARE International.
The MEval-PIMA project is currently supporting five other counties to develop M&E plans as part of its support to strengthen the capacity of the national Ministry of Health to identify and respond to information needs at the national and sub-national levels.
The launch was attended by other county officials involved in the development of the plan, including the chief executive officer of the county referral hospital, a member of the county health committee, the county assembly speaker, and representatives from sub-county health management.
Access more information about the Garissa M&E plan.