Currently several non-governmental organizations provide health services under performance-based contracts to 13 of Afghanistan's 32 provinces. The evaluation system will independently measure the progress of these organizations and the Afghan Ministry of Health to make sure they are providing adequate health services.
"The evaluation system we are developing will help ensure that the nation's health needs and goals are met, particularly the needs of the vulnerable populations, such as women and children," said David Peters, MD, DrPH, principal investigator and assistant professor in the School's Department of International Health. "We are devising a balanced scorecard to see how well basic health services are being provided. Eventually, the Afghan health ministry will be able to monitor and evaluate its own progress as it expands health care throughout the country."
The Hopkins researchers will also develop and evaluate a system to finance Afghanistan's health care in the future. The health financing interventions developed will be tested in the 13 provinces under the performance-based contracts.
In addition to Dr. Peters, the Hopkins research team will include Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD, co-director of the School's Center for International Emergency, Disaster and Refugee Studies, assistant professor Hugh Waters, PhD, professor Stan Becker, PhD, and Anbarasi Edward Raj and Walt Jones from the School's Department of International Health
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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health