Building Hospital Autonomy in Afghanistan

  • Published Date: June 2017
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From 2012-2016, the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project supported Afghanistan's National and Specialty Hospitals in implementing the first phase of the hospital autonomy process to independently manage their budgets and procurement processes.

The LMG/Afghanistan Project also offered hospital management training to hospital leadership to build a cadre of qualified hospital administrators to manage these institutions and design and implement effective management systems.

While implementing the autonomy process, patient satisfaction surveys were administered in 2013 and 2014 at the 14 national and specialty hospitals to
assess if strengthening hospital autonomy impacted patient satisfaction with treatment. These surveys monitored and assessed the impact of the Hospital Sector Strategy and were designed to evaluate patient’s perspectives on the effectiveness of the hospital management improvements regarding access and quality of provided health services.

This technical highlight details how the LMG/Afghanistan Project supported the Ministry of Public Health to strengthen hospital management capacity.