Bangladesh moves to accreditation of health training institutions

The Centre for Medical Education (CME), Dhaka, in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO), Country Office for Bangladesh, organized on the 3 May 2017 a consultation on the draft “Bangladesh Medical Accreditation Act - 2015”. The event, hosted by the Institute of Public Health, Mohakhali, Dhaka, gathered health specialists including academicians, health managers, policy makers and health care professionals.

Its main purpose was to make further steps towards the adoption of a national accreditation system for health training institutions. The system introduces sets of requirements for accreditation and this makes it a core pillar for enhanced education quality and increased efficiency in health service delivery in Bangladesh.

This action is in line with WHO’s “Global Human Resources for Health Strategy: Workforce 2030”, adopted in the 69th World Health Assembly, specifically with the provision that all countries have established accreditation mechanisms for health training institutions by 2020.

Therefore, it is commendable that Bangladesh takes steps towards establishing a formal accreditation mechanism for the country. This draft act proposes to establish an independent medical accreditation council, which will aim to enhance quality education and increase efficiency in health service delivery in Bangladesh. It also intends to coordinate its function through two divisions; one for medical education institutions and the other for health service organizations. Standards and criteria set by the Council will be followed by the organizations applying for accreditation.

By having a formal accreditation mechanism in place, Bangladesh will set the ground to build the foundation of country’s required standard of quality health services and to be more responsive towards population’s growing demands for high quality care.