As the Lagos state government prepares to roll- out its State Health Insurance Scheme, PharmAccess Foundation has trained health workers drawn from the State Ministry of Health and Agencies as State Quality Champions. The week- long training was to improve to support improvement efforts of healthcare facilities empanelled under the mandatory Lagos State.

The training was in line with the State’s determination to provide enrollees with affordable quality oriented healthcare regardless of social or economic status, gender or location within the State.

The week-long training led by the SafeCare Programme Director, Dr Ibironke Dada focused on the use of PharmAccess SafeCare quality improvement methodology for assessing and improving the quality and safety of healthcare services.  SafeCare Standards are accredited by the International Society of Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and is currently being used in other African countries.

She commended the Lagos Ministry of Health for putting quality as a front burner issue in the pursuit of Universal Health Coverage for Lagosians.

Participants opined that SafeCare tools would complement existing quality assurance tools in Lagos State. According to the Quality Improvement Officer, LMoSH, Dr Onome Agbedia, “This training has opened my eyes to how we can help the facilities improve on service.”

Agbedia thanked PharmAccess Foundation for an insightful training and expressed optimistic about how the application of SafeCare standards will foster a transparent selection and empanelment of facilities based on their SafeCare assessment results.

Following the adoption of SafeCare quality improvement methodology for the Lagos State Health Scheme, SafeCare and the State Quality Team will work jointly towards transforming the quality of health service delivery in Lagos State.

PharmAccess Foundation is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting more people in Sub-Saharan African to affordable and quality healthcare.

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