Workshop Emphasises Angola’s National Health System’s Sustainability

May 17, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

Luanda, May 13, 2024—The World Health Organization (WHO) actively participated in a workshop on Financing for the Sustainability of the National Health Service. Hosted by the Angolan Ministry of Health (MINSA), the event drew senior officials, MINSA technicians, hospital administrators, Ministry of Finance technical staff, and scholars from the Faculty of Economics.

WHO lent technical expertise and enriched the workshop by sharing global insights and best practices. Of particular note was the collaborative effort between WHO and UNICEF Angola, which offered invaluable perspectives on health policy financing, drawing from experiences and examples worldwide.

Dr. Sílvia Lutucuta, the Minister of Health, delivered a pivotal address at the opening ceremony, underscoring the significance of diversified funding for the National Health Service. She elucidated that while a portion of funding is sourced from the General State Budget (OGE), 3.5% comes from donations, with the remainder from co-payments. Dr. Lutucuta also unveiled a multi-sectoral study in progress involving key ministries and international organizations aimed at identifying innovative financing models for the National Health Service.

Throughout the workshop, hospital administrators played a crucial role. They were briefed on the parameters of a study project focusing on hospital costs in Angola and engaged in a comprehensive examination of hospital expenditures. Their insights were instrumental in informing decision-making processes and streamlining operational costs within the healthcare sector.

Furthermore, hospital administrators received training on patient cost assessment as part of Hospital Cost Management.

This workshop further solidified WHO’s commitment to bolstering Angola’s healthcare system, offering technical support, and sharing pragmatic recommendations tailored to local difficulties.

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