Health specialists identify key challenges for delivering the Essential Service Package

Health managers from district and upazila level health facilities identified inadequate infrastructure and equipment, scarce supply of essentials drugs and insufficient health workers as the root causes that hinder efficient delivery of the Essential Service Package (ESP).

The conclusions came following a workshop organized in December 2018 by Planning and Research Wing of the Directorate General of Health Services, aimed to identify readiness challenges for delivering ESP. Participants included Civil Surgeons and physicians of Upazila Health Complexes (UHC), as well Upazila Health and Family Planning Officers (UHFPO).

During the event, several key themes of ESP were discussed, including governance, financing, programme monitoring, health Human Resources, procurement, supply chain management and infrastructure.

Participants recommended improvements on health workforce, adequate supply of medicines, provision of equipment and budget allocation based on of individual health facilities’ needs and mobilization of local resources for a coherent delivery of ESP. They also suggested strengthening coordination between political leaders, upazila administrations and communities for increasing community support for better ESP implementation.

World Health Organization (WHO) Bangladesh, offered technical support for organizing the event and remains committed in further assisting Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to implement in Bangladesh the ESP, key strategy for achieving Universal Health Coverage.