Bangladesh makes new steps towards Essential Service Package

Dhaka, 24 July 2019: Planning and Research Department of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) with the support from World Health Organization (WHO) brought together key policy makers and service providers in a one day workshop, to develop an action plan for strengthening the Essential Service Package (ESP) delivery.

To better address the challenges for ESP delivery, a quality review has been conducted by WHO earlier this year. The review identified gaps in the health systems readiness especially at the primary healthcare level across all health systems building blocks- governance, financing, workforce, medical supplies, information management system and basic amenities.

Based on these findings and to tackle the gaps, the participants in the workshop developed a draft action plan for strengthening ESP Delivery, focused on three areas: (1) governance- leadership, management, coordination, support supervision- and financing; (2) health workforce and capacity building; (3) medical & supply requisite (MSR), equipment, basic amenities, procurement, repair and maintenance and service delivery arrangement. The draft action plan will be updated and finalized after further consultation with the key stakeholders of the ESP implementation.

The ESP consists of a list of public health and clinical services to be provided at primary and secondary care level. The package is a tool to define in practical terms access to Universal Health Coverage by indicating the services that should be made available to the whole population as a guaranteed minimum, thus enhancing equity.

WHO remains committed in supporting Government of Bangladesh to deliver the Essential Service Package, key strategy for achieving Universal Health Coverage.