Maximizing Access to Essential Medicines for Church Health Services and their clients: Ghana baseline survey
Publication date: 2005
ECUMENICAL PHARMACEUTICAL NETWORK Programme: Maximizing access to essential medicines for church health services and their clients Project: Ghana baseline Report: Results of Ghana baseline survey Activity dates: August–October 2005 Consultant: Heather Budge-Reid <email@example.com> Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) P.O. Box 73860–00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 (020) 4444832 Fax: +254 (020) 4440306 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org EPN - Réseau Pharmaceutique Oecuménique c/o ODE, 01 B.P. 108 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 01 Tel: +226 50 36 34 64 Fax: +226 50 36 34 66 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.epnetwork.org Table of Contents EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3 1 BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO GHANA 6 2 RESPONSE RATES AND VALIDITY OF RESULTS 8 3 RESULTS FOR ‘EPN GUIDELINES’ 10 4 TOOL 3: GUIDED SELF-ASSESSMENT RESULTS 19 5 SPIDER DIAGRAMS 20 6 FORCE FIELD ANALYSIS 22 7 PROBLEM TREE ANALYSIS 23 8 FOCUS GROUPS 25 9 APPENDIX 1: TOOL 1–RAW SELF-ASSESSMENT SURVEY RESULTS 27 10 APPENDIX 2: TOOL 3–RAW GUIDED SELF- ASSESSMENT RESULTS 27 11 APPENDIX 4: ANALYSIS METHODS FOR INDICATORS 27 EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The EPN Guidelines project is part of the EPN programme entitled ‘Maximizing access to essential medicines for church health services and their clients’. The first phase of the project identifies the baseline in each ‘EPN guideline’ area and feeds this information back to an in- country group that can then decide which ‘EPN guidelines’ should be prioritized and what further work should be undertaken. The baseline is drawn from the use of four tools: church health service self-assessment survey; guided desk review; guided self-assessment workshop and focus group; and drug supply organization self-assessment survey. This report of results provides the baseline for compliance with the ‘EPN guidelines’ in Ghana, and respondents represent over 2,545 beds and 694,500 outpatients. It is a statistically sound report for Catholic health services in the southern and central regions of Ghana (only 8% of respondents are from northern facilities). The northern region of Ghana is known to have greater problems in health care provision – however, the only assumption we can make for this region is that positive results found in the other regions will be lower in the north, and therefore, if there is a problem in the other regions, this problem will be greater in the north. Faith-based health services in Ghana provide approximately 40% of the available health care. The Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) reports that the church health care facilities in Ghana number 56 hospitals and 83 clinics at the time of research (CHAG does not distinguish between clinics and health posts). Table 1 Faith-based health care in Ghana, by faith Faith Percentage of health care in Ghana Catholic 27% Other Christian churches 11% Muslim 1-2% Thirty-four hospitals (including all 32 Catholic hospitals) and 30 of the 66 Catholic clinics were given the opportunity to respond to the self-assessment survey, with a total of 64 facilities contacted. A 41% response rate (26 facilities responded) was achieved for the survey. If it is assumed that Catholic health services are representative of faith-based health services in Ghana, then these results can be scaled up to present a picture of church health services across Ghana. Overall conclusions Taking into account the results from all the tools used, the overall trend for church health services in Ghana appears to be one of improvement. Good results were seen in a number of areas: Government support of the church health services (although it seems that some facilities are not taking up the opportunity of having salaries paid). Information sharing and representation opportunities indicate that there is a good degree of integration between the government and church health services. Good community involvement (although this could be improved at some hospitals where there is an interesting link between lack of community involvement and a perception of poor staff–patient relations and nepotism). Where community links are strong, links to church leaders are also strong. A functioning drug supply system is in existence. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 3 Relatively high levels (compared with other African countries) of pharmacists, pharmaceutical technicians, and pharmaceutical assistants per hospital. On the more worrying side, the baseline does not cover the North of the country (an area understood to face bigger problems in health and health services) and there appeared to be problems for a number of ‘guidelines’ even in the southern and central areas. Only 50% of hospitals have a functioning DTC. A large number of hospitals accept medicines donations, but there is almost no adherence to drug donation guidelines. There is relatively low level of implementation of standard operating procedures, and while the main drug supply organizations do use SOPs, this is not reflected in the health services. There appears to be almost no training of hospital board members in the issues and possibilities of their decision-making. Health facilities themselves identified poor management and staff training as key problem areas that affect services. Lack of financial resources acted as a cause and an effect of these problems and thus a vicious circle is identified, whereby a lack of funds prevents a facility from improving itself in order to improve revenues and funding. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 4 Figure 1: ‘EPN Guideline’ compliance in Ghana1 EPN Guideline profile in CHSs in Ghana 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Disaster preparedness procedures in place Pharmaceutical function represented at all levels of discussion Church leaders' awareness of key messages  Regular assessment of pharmaceutical unit work  Access to key pharmaceutical information  At least one pharmaceutically-trained nurse per institution  At least one pharmaceutical assistant per institution At least one pharmaceutical technician per institution At least one pharmacist per institution Representation at regional and national levels in relevant debates Compliance with drug donations guidelines Cross-institutional information sharing Effective community involvement system in place Transparency mechanisms in place in support of 'Health for All' Tax exemptions available to CHSs Pro-poor ethic in evidence Government subsidies extended  Pricing policies in place and operationalized Quality assurance policy in place and implemented Access to medicines for an institution passed on to patients Implementation of standard operating procedures for procurement All 'owners' with maximum understanding  Functioning Drug and Therapeutics Committees (DTC) in hospitals Functioning medical supply system  Compliance with rational use of medicines 'guidelines' Compliance with best practices for drug storage and management 23 22 21 20 19 18 d 18 c 18 b 18 a 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 [Full im plem entation] 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%  Yes, but there is room for improvement in several areas.  Although focus groups indicated some knowledge, only one hospital trained its board.  85% of respondents get a salary subsidy from the government, which is available to all CHSs.  Availability of information varies, with few facilities having a full selection of documents.  58% said 'yes', but only 42% gave a frequency more regular than once a year.  High awareness of issues and suggested solutions was shown in focus group discussions.  Given the high numbers of other qualified staff, the low number of trained nurses is not significant here. 1 A zero value shows that no facility was found that complied with that EPN guideline – it is possible that a facility does exist, but was not surveyed. Thus, a zero value only indicates a very low number of compliant facilities. A ‘no’ value indicates that something does not exist on a national scale. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 5 1 BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO GHANA A look at data from http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/ghana_statistics.html (sourced from UNICEF, World Bank, IMF, UN Population Division) gives the following picture. Regional disparities between the north and south of the country are dramatic, partly due to poverty and to lack of, and poor access to, services. For example, although child health has been steadily improving, the infant mortality rate in northern Ghana is twice as high and the under-five mortality rate is three times as high as in the capital region. Malaria, acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea, malnutrition and measles remain the five leading killer diseases of children, and malaria accounts for 40% of all outpatient visits. Total population (2004) 21,664,000 Adult HIV prevalence rate (15–49 years), end 2003, estimate 3.1% Estimated number of people living with HIV, 2003 (in thousands), adults and children (0–49 years) 350,000 Estimated number of people living with HIV, 2003 (in thousands), children (0–14 years) 24,000 Estimated number of people living with HIV, 2003 (in thousands), women (15–49 years) 180,000 Life expectancy at birth (years), 2004 57 Under-5 mortality rate (per thousand), 2004 112 GNI per capita (US$), 2003 380 GDP per capita average annual growth rate (1970–1990) -2.2% GDP per capita average annual growth rate (1990–2004) 1.9% Average annual rate of inflation (1990–2004) 26% % of population living below $1 a day (1992–2003) 45% % of central government expenditure allocated to health (1993–2004) 7% Immunization 2004: 1-year-old children immunized against: Tuberculosis (TB) (BCG) 92% Tuberculosis incidence (Ghana Health Service, 2005) 30,000 Malaria: 1999-2004: % under-fives with fever receiving anti-malarial drugs 63% [Data from http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/malawi_statistics.html (sourced from UNICEF, World Bank, IMF, UN Population Division).] A broad range of essential medicines are manufactured within Ghana (including the tracer products listed in Table 2), but most medical supplies are imported. Table 2 Tracer essential medicines manufactured in Ghana Amoxicillin tablets or capsules Oral rehydration salts (ORS) Aspirin tablets Paracetamol tablets Chlorpheniramine tablets Povidone iodine Co-trimoxazole tablets Quinine injection Ferrous salts Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine tablets Folic acid tablets Whitfield ointment (benzoic acid compound) Mebendazole tablets Ministry of Health, Government of Ghana The stated objectives of the Ministry of Health are to address the inequalities between and within regions and districts emergency care, diseases eradication, elimination, financing EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 6 policy and health insurance, chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS and quality care. Seven priority areas have been identified: HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, Malaria, Guinea worm, Tuberculosis, Reproductive and child health, Expanded Programme of Immunisation, and Emergency care. The government offers subsidies to church health services for the payment of salaries of professional medical staff and offers tax exemption on medicines for CHSs. It also reimburses costs for delivery of babies (making treatment free to mothers), and some facilities appeared to respond that health costs for children under five and adults over 70 were also reimbursed by the government. The government also contributes approximately USD 200,000 per year towards CHS infrastructure development. All pharmaceutical personnel are trained through publicly-funded institutions. CHAG estimates that 80% of church health services contribute service output data and some financial data to the government-run health management information system. Church health services (CHSs) Faith-based health services in Ghana provide approximately 40% of the available health care. CHAG reports that the church health care facilities in Ghana number 56 hospitals and 83 clinics at the time of research (CHAG does not distinguish between clinics and health posts). Table 3 Faith-based health care in Ghana, by faith Faith Percentage of health care in Ghana Catholic 27% Other Christian churches 11% Muslim 1-2% The Catholic faith runs 32 hospitals (57% of CHS facilities) and 66 clinics (80% of CHS facilities). CHSs, through CHAG, have contributed to debate around the national health insurance scheme, to ensure that it does not disenfranchise the poor nor collapse district-level mutual schemes. They have also lobbied for a better understanding between government and church health services, resulting in the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding in 2003. CHS staff have also been involved in regional and national debates around issues such as a new malaria policy and stakeholders in health. Drug supply organizations (DSOs) Ghana has a strong DSO sector, including government, faith-based, and commercial organizations. On the faith-based side, the Catholic Drug Centre also works closely with three Diocesan Hospital Pharmacies to supply and distribute medicines. Medicines management The government and Christian DSOs experience stock outs of 10–20% of essential medicines, which is significantly more than the commercial DSOs. Expired stock is generally cleared out regularly, although the government-run Central Medical Stores states this is done once per year. All responding DSOs use bin and stock cards. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 7 Responding DSOs all have written SOPs for procurement and receiving delivery of medicines, and a quality assurance policy in place. This is in strong contrast with most of their customers in the church health services. Some DSOs have their own quality control laboratory (including the Catholic Drug Centre), and others use the Ghana Food and Drugs Board facility. Pricing All DSOs claim that pricing policies are in place, but most were unable to state that they have a documented pricing policy (formula and accounting process, and accounting for windfalls), although price lists are in evidence. Transparency mechanisms in support of “Health for All” appear to be in place. Donations The Catholic Drug Centre does not accept donations, although the Central Medical Stores does (mostly from expatriate individuals). This contrasts with many individual CHSs accepting and receiving donations from a range of sources. 2 RESPONSE RATES AND VALIDITY OF RESULTS EPN categorizes health facilities as follows: Hospitals have 50 or more beds Clinics have between 1 and 49 beds Health posts have no beds. Thirty-four of the 56 CHS hospitals and 30 of the 83 clinics were given the opportunity to respond to the survey, with a total of 64 facilities contacted. A 41% response rate (26 facilities) was achieved for the survey. Of the facilities given the opportunity to respond to the survey, 94% of the hospitals and 100% of the clinics are run by Catholic denominations. Thus, this report is based on the situation within Catholic church health services (57% of hospitals and 80% of clinics are run by Catholic denominations). If it is assumed that Catholic health services are representative of faith-based health services in Ghana, then these results may be scaled up to present a picture of church health services across Ghana. There is a recognized disparity in the provision of health care between the northern and southern regions of Ghana, and less than 8% of the facilities that responded to the survey are from the northern regions. Thus, this report is not representative of the situation within CHSs in the northern regions of Ghana. The percentage figures used in this report are “the percentage of facilities that responded explicitly to the particular question”, as not all questions were answered in every returned survey. Where a large number of respondents did not answer a particular question, this is noted. 2.1 Descriptions of the respondents Out of the 34 hospitals contacted (of which 32 were Catholic), 21 responded. Of the 66 Catholic clinics in Ghana, 30 were contacted and five responded. Name of facility Number of beds Number of outpatients St Dominic's Hospital, Akwatia 375 69,938 Holy Family Hospital, Nkawkaw 227 70,503 Battor Catholic Hospital, Battor 222 48,000 St Martin de Porres Hospital, Eikwe 175 85,000 EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 8 Name of facility Number of beds Number of outpatients St Patrick's Hospital, Offinso Ashanti 164 28,638 St Anthony's Hospital, Dzodze 160 36,500 St John of God Hospital, Sefwi Asafo 150 28,093 St Francis Xavier Hospital, Assin Fosu 140 62,413 St John of God Hospital, Duayaw 135 41,380 Mathias Hospital, Yeji 120 22,077 Anfoega Catholic Hospital, Anfoega 105 9,916 West Gonja Hospital, Damongo 100 12,000 St Theresa Hospital, Nkoranza 93 31,763 Methodist Hospital, Wenchi 92 31,933 Catholic Hospital, Ftarmh, Asankragwa 88 - St Mary's Hospital, Drobo 86 35,000 St Joseph's Hospital, Nkwanta 73 8,750 St Joseph's Hospital, Jirapa - 27,372 St Martin's Hospital, Agroyesum - - Mary Theresa Hospital, Dodi-Papase - - St Elizabeth Hospital, Hwidiem - - Presbyterian Primary Health Care, Dormaa - - St Joseph's Clinic & Maternity Home, Kwahu-Tafo 21 45,224 Salvation Army Clinic, Cantoment 15 - St Andrew's Clinic (Maternity/Dental), Kodiabe 4 - Notre Dame Clinic, Nsawam - - Total 2,545 694,500 EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 9 3 RESULTS FOR ‘EPN GUIDELINES’ The results of the survey are presented below in summary and compiled against the ‘EPN guidelines’ and their indicators. Where the indicator comes from the desk review carried out by CHAG (the Christian Health Association of Ghana), that answer is included. (See Appendix 4 for a detailed description of data sources and methods of analysis used for each guideline). 3.1 Compliance with best practices for drug storage and management Overall score: 50% Of the 26 respondents, 85% answered ‘yes’ to this question. However, when asked further questions to verify this response, it became apparent that some of these facilities were not actually compliant with this ‘EPN guideline’, based on chosen indicators. 58% (15 out of 26) of respondents have a checklist for good storage conditions for medicines existed and implement it. 50% (13 out of 26) of respondents have written SOPs for procurement and implement them (a further 19% implement them partially). 62% (16 out of 26) of respondents have written SOPs for issuing of medicines to pharmacies or wards and implement them (a further 12% implement them partially). Facilities were asked how often stock-taking reports on drugs are compiled. 77% indicated that reports were compiled at least once every three months. Once a week 23% Once a month 46% Once every 3 months 8% Once a year 12% No answer 12% Of the sample list of essential medicines provided in the survey, few respondents experienced widespread stock-outs. Do you ever run out of any of the following essential medicines? Yes Povidone iodine 27% Tetracycline eye ointment 19% Quinine injection 15% Equipment stock-outs were similarly infrequent. Do you ever run out of any of the following essential supplies? Yes Tape plastic adhesive microperforated 15% Surgical sutures 15% Urine collection bag for adults 2000cc 15% 50% have carried out a study of the percentage of the Essential Drugs List that their facility has access to (regardless of stock-outs). They found that, on average, 92% of items on the Essential Drugs List were available to them. 3.2 Compliance with rational use of medicines ‘guidelines’ Overall score: 27% EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 10 85% responded that they comply with rational use of medicines practices, and 58% had carried out a study of the percentage of medicines prescribed in their facility that are on the Essential Drugs List. 62% had carried out a study of the average number of medicines prescribed per consultation, with an average of 3.6 items per prescription. Only 27% indicated they have a rule governing the maximum number of items per prescription. 3.3 Functioning medical supply system Overall score: 100% When asked to name their suppliers, 77% of respondents named the Catholic Drug Centre or a Diocesan Hospital Pharmacy as one of their top two suppliers. A further 20 suppliers (not listed below) were mentioned only once. It was noted by several respondents that competition between suppliers in Ghana has helped to reduce medicines prices. The Catholic Drug Centre is also working to provide affordable medicines, including through the Diocesan Hospital Pharmacies. Supplier Users 1. DHP (Sunyani/Kumasi/Wa) 13 2. Ernest Chemist Ltd. 13 3. Catholic Drug Centre 13 4. Regional Medical Stores 10 5. Letap Pharmaceuticals 7 6. KinaPharma 7 7. Kama Health Services Ltd. 7 8. Gokals 5 9. Tobinco Pharmacy 5 10. Baron Health Care 3 11. Open market 3 12. M & G Ltd. 3 13. Daamass Co. Ltd. 2 14. Intravenous Infusion Ltd 2 15. Salom Pharmacy 2 16. UK Chemist 2 17. Vicdoris Pharmacy 2 18. Palb Pharmaceuticals 2 19. Unichem 2 Only 15% of respondents join together to order medicines in bulk in order to reduce costs, and 54% undertake their own price negotiations with producers or importers. Respondents gave their most important medicine supplier an average score of 7.5 out of 10 for availability, 7.7 for cost, and 5.8 for transport mechanisms. Respondents gave their second most important suppliers an average score of 7.9 out of 10 for availability, 7.3 for cost, and 6.2 for transport mechanisms. 58% of respondents believe that the full range of essential medicines they require is available to them from their suppliers. This contrasts with responses to ‘Have you ever carried out a study of the percentage of the Essential Drugs List that your facility has access to?’, where the 50% of respondents that had carried out a study had access to an average of 92% of the EDL. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 11 3.4 Functioning Drug and Therapeutics Committees (DTC) in hospitals Overall score: 38% Of the responding facilities, 21 were hospitals. The results for this ‘guideline’ refer to this group specifically. 52% of respondents say they have a DTC. Most of these DTCs meet monthly or quarterly, keep minutes, and have adapted the EDL to local needs. However, only eight (38%) also have a terms of reference for the committee. 43% of respondents indicated that the DTC had adapted the essential drugs list to fit local needs. 100% of respondents have a copy of written standard treatment guidelines, which are either fully (62%) or partially (38%) implemented. 43% of respondents have a printed copy of their own locally adapted formulary. 3.5 All ‘owners’ with maximum understanding of roles, best practice, and management information. Overall score: 0% 54% of respondents have a board or committee made up of people other than staff who have overall responsibility for the running of the facility and they meet, on average, every 3 to 4 months. Only 1 of the 10 hospital boards or committees have received training (4% of all respondents). Six respondents were able to describe the information given to the board as follows. What information reports do board or committee members receive? 1. Annual budget for the hospital and the annual report and HMT meeting minutes of the hospital 2. Annual quarterly financial reports 3. Annual reports, quarterly reports, financial statement of the institution and general matters 4. Annual, quarterly, finance, developmental and data of the inpatient and out patients. 5. Information reports about the facilities and services available at the hospital, management, administration, functional committees, finance, constraints, performance indicators, staffing and accommodation problems. 6. Performance output reports; financial reports 81% have an annual planning process that identifies such things as budgets, shortfalls, targets, or plans for growth or improvement. 50% use a revolving fund. When asked how long they thought their facility could survive and maintain standards with current levels of funding, respondents described their situation as follows. How long do you think your facility can survive and maintain standards with current levels of funding? 1. Forever 2. All things being equal, forever 3. In the long term 4. To the foreseeable future EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 12 How long do you think your facility can survive and maintain standards with current levels of funding? 5. The facility can survive all the way even though it could be better off with more funding 6. As long as it is possible, though sometimes it is difficult 7. Just survive for a long time 8. We can continue as long as the government subventions pays the salaries of our professional staff 9. Five years 10. Five years 11. Two years 12. Throughout the year 13. If disparities in salaries are not addressed immediately, then less than one year 14. Can survive and maintain standards with current level of funding for about four months 15. It is not easy for the hospital to survive and maintain standards with current levels of funding. However, being a mission hospital with the objective to provide the quality healthcare for the poor and the deprived as well as the marginalised in society, the church would continue to care for the poor people despite the many constraints facing the hospital in the areas of finance, infrastructure, transportation and medical equipment 16. Difficult to say due to unstable economic conditions and politics 17. We are collapsing gradually due to insufficient flow of funds 18. We don't know 3.6 Implementation of standard operating procedures for procurement Overall score: 50% 50% of facilities have written SOPs for procurement and implement them. (19% implement them partially). 3.7 Improvement in access to medicines for a facility, passed on to patients Overall score: 39% If a particular medicine suddenly cost a facility less, 39% of respondents would charge less for it and 54% would keep the price the same and use the additional income somewhere else in the facility. No respondents would keep the price the same and use the additional income for the church. Respondents estimated that, on average, 83% of the population in the areas served can afford the prices charged for medicines and 90% can afford the prices charged for consultation. 3.8 Quality assurance policy in place and implemented Overall score: 54% 62% of respondents have written SOPs for receiving delivery of medicines and implement them fully. (12% have SOPs and implement them partially). 54% of respondents have written SOPs for issuing of medicines to pharmacies or wards and implement them. (19% have SOPS and implement them partially). 3.9 Pricing policies in place and operationalized Overall score: 50% EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 13 Responses suggest that there are standardized practices in place for setting prices, using fixed mark up margins or pre-defined pricelists (from the health insurance scheme). When asked ‘How does their facility set the price people must pay for medicines?’, 50% of respondents were able to show a clear understanding of how prices were calculated. How do you set the price people must pay for medicines? Number We use the national health insurance price list 2 40% mark up on the total cost price 1 Medicines from Regional Medical Stores – 30% mark up; On medicines from CDC and open market – 40% mark up 1 25% mark up on the cost of drugs and supplies bought from our suppliers 1 15% mark up 1 Mark up on 10–15% on medicines purchased 1 Brand name drugs = 10% mark up; Generic drugs = 20% mark up 1 10% markup on cost price 1 5% mark up on expensive drugs; 10% mark up on cheaper drugs like 8 cedis per tablet each 1 Cost of medicines bought plus transportation cost plus storage cost. 1 For the insured clients, we are using process set by the NHIS in their pricelist. If there are changes in cost price, we discuss with the district HIS. For the uninsured clients, we change prices when cost prices from dealer/suppliers changes. 1 Based on cost of medicines plus what the NHIS chooses as the price 1 Through price review committee 1 Small overhead cost added to the actual cost of the drug 1 Mark up on medicine price, determined through discussions 1 Respondents described the way they set the price of consultations in the following manner. How do you set the price people must pay for consultations? Number We use the national health insurance price list 2 1) We are using NHIS pricelist with insured clients 2) For uninsured clients we use prices set by the Diocesan Health Service Board 1 According to the DHC of the Diocese 2 By the agreed cost for CHAG tariff 1 8,000 cedis 1 Arbitrarily set at 5,000 cedis, subject to revision. 1 Flat fee for all patients and cases at the OPD 1 Based on cost of OPD cards, medicine bags, etc. Plus what other facilities charge 1 After consultations with other Catholic mission hospitals and clinics. 1 Fixed dependent on the level of MO being seen, e.g., MA, nurse, MO, PMO, etc., hours of consulting, and type of medical problem 1 It depends on whether the patient is seeing a specialist or coming for general treatment 1 Reviewed regularly by charges committee 1 Through price review committee 1 3.10 Government subsidies extended Overall score: 85% 85% of respondents indicated that the government paid, on average, 69% of salary costs. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 14 3.11 Pro-poor ethic in evidence Overall score: 73% 96% indicated that they help people who cannot afford the costs of seeking or receiving treatment and 73% of this group indicated that treatment was given free to the poorest. In addition, the following descriptions were given. Does your hospital or clinic help people who cannot afford the costs of seeking or receiving treatment? Buruli ulcer exemptions; reliance on donated drugs; free delivery of babies 1) Paupers 2) Registered under-five's, pregnant mothers, and the aged (70 years and above) 1. Prescriber to determine status. 2. Consider solely or refer to Administration for free treatment (with assistance of welfare officer). 3. Provide service and document as ‘free treatment’ a. Such people are declared paupers and all costs waived b. Some members of staff pay the cost from their own personal resources For diabetic drugs no percentage mark up and have their free lab. test. For others they are given for no cost. 1) Diabetic patients drug subsidized 2) Poor and sick treated free Guarantee system helps people to pay cost later in instalments whilst those who can’t afford to pay at all are screened by the chaplain and recommended for free treatment A guarantee letter is signed by a worker or a relative before a patient is discharged Payment by instalment We treat them and give them time to come and pay People in abject poverty or indigent are allowed to go free of charge, after investigation. Those who are capable to pay but cannot pay immediately, are given reasonable time to pay in instalments. 1. Those who cannot pay their bills are being exempted as charity. 2. Others who cannot afford full cost of treatment are also made to pay half of the cost. By writing off debts owed by people who cannot pay Poor fund and charity services The hospital has a fund for charity We budget for charity about certain amount from the clinic income. So that increase of urgent need we can use We have sick and poor fund to use for the poor from IGF We treat people regardless of whether they can pay or not. There are some who cannot settle all their bills but we let them go. There are some very poor people we do not ask to pay because sometimes we have to give them money even to eat. Give medicines for free or whatever they can afford to pay By providing free treatment Through poor fund box. Donations from philanthropist Sometimes paupers are allowed to go home without paying their bill. Poor and sick fund available for the poor Respondents estimated that, on average, 15% of people treated could not pay when they have been asked to. Respondents indicated that their funding is provided by, on average, 52% from user fees and 38% from sales of medicines. 27% of facilities contribute funds to the church. 81% of facilities have exemption policies (where certain types of people, such as staff, diabetics, or the poor, get free treatment), but only 12% indicated that they had a system of different prices for different people (means testing that allows the poorest cheaper access to medicines). This is despite the fact that most indicate they have a pro-poor ethic. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 15 Various facilities also offer exemptions to patients aged under-five and over-70, patients with HIV/AIDS, TB, diabetes, or buruli ulcer, and for hospital staff and relations. 3.12 Tax exemptions available to CHSs Overall score: 100% Tax exemptions on medicines are available to CHSs. 3.13 Transparency mechanisms in place in support of ‘Health for All’ Overall score: 50% 81% of respondents have an annual planning process. 39% produce audited financial statements and include pharmacy-related activities separately from other activities. 23% produce annual reports and include pharmacy-related activities separately from other activities. 69% have written staff recruitment policies and either fully or partially implement them. 38% have a monitoring and evaluation policy and either fully or partially implement it. 3.14 Effective community involvement system in place Overall score: 59% 50% of respondents indicated involvement of the community, and 67% of focus groups described community involvement systems, including community representatives on the facility management/advisory committee, community consultation via surveys or meetings, and outreach projects. 3.15 Cross-institutional information sharing Overall score: 80% According to the guided desk review, 80% of CHSs contribute to a national management information system. 3.16 Compliance with drug donations guidelines Overall score: 4% 89% of respondents accept drug donations. 39% of respondents claim to comply with drug donation guidelines and only 27% have a copy of suitable drug donation guidelines. There are problems around the language used on donated medicines packaging, with only 35% of respondents indicating that text on packaging was ‘always’ understandable to staff and patients. Analysing these responses, only 1 respondent (4% of the total) that accepts drug donations also has a copy of guidelines, complies with them, and always received drugs labelled in a language they can understand. Medicines donations come from a variety of sources, at least some of which are not following drug donation guidelines. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 16 Source of donations No. of mentions Action Medeor 3 Diocesan Catholic Secretariat 3 InterCare (UK) 3 Germany 2 WorldVision International 2 Austrian leprosy organization 1 Brothers of St John of God, Irish and Spain provinces. Italian volunteers 1 German Rotary volunteers 1 Holland 1 IDA 1 Individuals and philanthropists 1 Inhabitants living abroad, practising as health professionals 1 Ireland 1 Sisters' Hospital (London) 1 St Jansdal Hospital 1 The last donation (four years ago) came from Tie Kwahu citizens residing in NY. USA. 1 Tulsi Trust (Indian organization) 1 UNICEF 1 3.17 Mechanism in place to allow for representation at regional and national levels in relevant debates Overall score: 100% The guided desk review describes debate at various levels. 3.18 At least one pharmaceutically trained person per facility Overall score: 100% Of the 25 (out of 26) facilities that answered this question, all have at least a pharmaceutical technician or a pharmacist, on the staff. How many pharmaceutically- trained people work in your facility? Pharm- acist Pharm. tech. Pharm. asst. Pharm. trained nurse Total no. of staff Overall number working in responding CHS facilities 12 54 40 5 111 Trained in quantification of drug needs 12 36 11 4 63 Trained in drugstore management 12 41 12 65 Trained in quality assurance 12 45 15 4 76 Trained in rational use of medicines 12 42 11 65 Trained in unit costing 12 48 15 1 76 Trained in record and data management 12 41 14 67 Trained in appropriate financial management 9 16 3 2 30 Trained in compounding of drugs (e.g., syrups and ointments) 11 48 13 72 Trained in dispensing 11 50 33 5 99 EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 17 3.19 Access to key pharmaceutical information (available in the pharmacy area, and available in the facility Overall score: 55% Several useful publications are missing from pharmaceutical areas – many of which are distributed free of charge by the publishers. Publication available in pharmacy? Yes Essential Drugs List (national or WHO) 89% National (or WHO) formulary 65% Standard treatment guidelines 92% New and obsolete drugs list 31% List of drugs registered in the country 31% International medicines pricing indicators 19% Managing drug supply manuals. 46% Publication available in facility? Yes National drug policy 85% DTC/PTC guidelines 42% WHO essential medicines publications 39% Rational use of medicines information 65% 3.20 Regular assessment of pharmaceutical unit work Overall score: 42% 58% claimed to undertake regular assessments of pharmaceutical work, but only 42% also indicated a frequency more regular than once a year. 3.21 Church leaders’ awareness of key messages Overall score: 90% From the write-up of the focus group discussions, it is apparent that there is a significant level of awareness. 3.22 Pharmaceutical function represented at all levels of discussion Overall score: 81% 81% of respondents indicated that pharmaceutical functions and needs are discussed at all levels in the facility. 3.23 Disaster preparedness procedures in place Overall score: 8% 42% indicated that they have disaster preparedness plans. However, these plans refer mostly to the outbreak of fire on the premises, rather than wider scale disaster, such as flooding or massive population movement in times of war. Only 8% of respondents mentioned plans for ‘disease outbreak’. The wording of the question in the survey has now been amended to clarify the nature of a ‘disaster’. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 18 4 TOOL 3: GUIDED SELF-ASSESSMENT RESULTS 4.1 Methods used This work took place in 9 hospitals across Ghana. Following training of facilitators (in Malawi), each hospital received a visit from a facilitator who led them through a process using spider diagrams, force field analysis, and problem tree analysis. This produced answers to the following questions, in sequence. 1. What is the current situation and how has it changed over the last three to five years? (spider diagram) 2. Given the current situation, what issues have the greatest constraining effect and what issues have the potential to have the greatest positive impact? (force field analysis) 3. What are the causes and effects of those issues with the greatest constraining effect? (problem tree exercise) 4. What are the recognized priorities among the ‘EPN guidelines’, and are there any missing ‘guidelines’? As a result, this baseline study indicates the priorities for interventions, as identified by the hospitals themselves. Guided self-assessment techniques were used because they bring four benefits to the process. 1. The participating facility gains the development of its own insight. 2. Comparable results are produced. 3. Ownership of inputs to the study lies with the participating facilities. 4. The baseline study benefits from not just a factual picture but also a picture of the perceptions and needs of health facilities, and thus the priority entry points for future activities. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 19 5 SPIDER DIAGRAMS A spider diagram was developed by each hospital for the self-prioritized factors affecting the hospital. Scores were allocated for each factor “as it is now” and “as it was 3–5 years ago”. As a result, it is possible to see which are the key factors and their trend over time. This is an important part of the effort to identify the baseline and a trend analysis. 5.1 Overall combined spider diagram A composite list of the ‘spider legs’ from all the workshops reveals an order of importance of the factors based on the number of times they were mentioned. 5.1.1 Brainstorming, categorizing, and ranking factors Table 4 Spider diagram factors Factor Mentions 3–5 years ago 2005 Change Availability of medicines 9 6.2 7.9 Improved Finances 9 6.0 6.7 Improved Geographical access 9 4.8 7.4 Improved Personnel 9 5.4 7.8 Improved Quality of medicines 9 5.6 7.7 Improved Affordability of medicines 8 5.6 6.6 Improved Cultural beliefs/patient knowledge 7 4.3 7.9 Improved Inventory management 3 6.7 8.3 Improved Compliance/adherence 2 4.0 5.0 Improved Infrastructure 2 4.5 6.0 Improved Internal information 2 5.0 6.5 Improved Administration/ management 1 3.0 5.0 Improved Morbidity pattern 1 6.0 2.0 Worsened Regulations/ legal framework 1 5.0 5.0 No change * Factors below the darker line were not carried forward to the spider diagram. Figure 1 Overall combined spider diagram for Ghana Availability of medicines Finances Geo- graphical access Personnel Quality of medicines Affordability of medicines Cultural beliefs Inventory management 3-5 years ago 2005 Best situation EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 20 5.2 Overall priority factors In Table 4 above, the factors that are shaded and in italics can only be indirectly affected by the implementation of the ‘EPN guidelines’. This does not reduce the impact of the ‘EPN guidelines’ as, for example, reduced costs of medicines could free up financial resources, or the proper management of drug storage could reduce costs and lead to an improvement in finances, etc. 5.3 Trend analysis In each workshop, participants were asked to give reasons for and describe trends in the changes in factors affecting access to medicines. These are combined in Table 5 to give overall trends. Table 5 Factor Mentions Change Reasons Availability of medicines 9 Increase Improved inventory management and planning (personnel) More drug manufacturers, suppliers, and supplies, and credit available and negotiable Suppliers deliver to the door Finances 9 Increase and decrease Improved management and services and increased patient attendance. Government exemptions and donor-pooled funds (important as they are more timely than government funds). Delayed payment of government allocations and health insurance reimbursements. Debtors, increased utility bills, and debts to suppliers Geographical access 9 Increase Improved road network noted by all hospitals Some hospitals have improved outreach services Drugs now available by delivery Personnel 9 Increase General improvement in availability and quality of medical and pharmaceutical staff More in-service training and upgrading of staff Better exchange and availability of information Quality of medicines 9 Increase Better management and staffing Good inventory and procurement systems Good sources of supplies from reputable suppliers Affordability of medicines 8 Increase and decrease The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has helped along with increased competition among suppliers. Malaria treatment costs have increased and donations have reduced, and poverty still leads to a perception of high medicines costs. Cultural beliefs/ patient knowledge 7 Improved Improved general education and health education, including health programming and advertising on radio and TV. Improved patient counselling by prescribers and dispensers Inventory management 3 Increase Computerization, fewer stock outs EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 21 6 FORCE FIELD ANALYSIS Main question for initial brainstorm: “Given the current situation, what issues have the greatest constraining effect and what issues have the potential to have the greatest positive impact?” 6.1 Combined force field diagram Good education/ patient knowledge Sufficient qualified personnel Good financial resources Poor management Low financial resources Poor communication Few, poorly qualified personnel Poor financial management Good manage- ment Health insurance scheme Good infra- structure 6.2 Overall greatest constraints (stones) An analysis of the prioritized constraints from the workshops shows poor management, followed by lack of staff training as the most significant by a clear margin of mentions and votes cast. 1. Poor management 2. Few qualified personnel 3. Low financial resources 4. Poor financial management 5. Poor communication 6.3 Greatest positive impact (balloons) Analysis of the identification of the top three influences with the most likelihood of having a positive impact also resulted in a prioritized list. A review of other priorities mentioned, but not ranked in the top three, resulted in a very similar list. Again, the top two were prioritized by a significant margin. 1. Good management 2. Sufficient qualified personnel 3. Good finances 4. Good education/ patient knowledge 5. Health insurance scheme 6. Good infrastructure 1. Good management covered a general approach, but included specific areas such as team work, priority setting, supervision and monitoring, and internal control systems. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 22 2. Sufficient qualified personnel focused clearly on the benefits of more training of staff, particularly continuous and in-service training, and motivation was recognized as a significant positive force. 7 PROBLEM TREE ANALYSIS Participants in the one-day workshops were asked to choose the most important problems and construct a cause and effect problem tree. This produced a total of 13 different problem trees. A process of analysis was then carried out, first, merging similar trees together and second, an entry point analysis. Figure 2 Example problem tree: St Martin de Porres Hospital – Few skilled personnel Effects High morbidity and mortality Inadequate training Bad management Location of facility Lack of motivation Poor patient management Unemployment Lack of funds Low productivity Few skilled personnel Branches Causes Roots Below is a table showing the number of trees merged under each problem heading. Table 6 Numbers of merged problem trees Low financial resources 6 Poor infrastructure (1) Misappropriation of funds (1) Poor management 5 Poor public education 1 Few skilled personnel 1 Details of the merged trees are laid out below, where the frequency of mention of specific causes and effects determines the order of the list of factors in each table. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 23 7.1 Problem: Low financial resources This issue was covered by four trees, which were merged together as follows. Causes Unpaid bills Poor management NHIS problems Utilities costs Poor government support/ policy Misappropriation of funds Wastage Poor quality of service Reduced donor funds Poor services Poor personnel Poor customer service Maintenance costs Effects Poor motivation Increased morbidity Poor quality of service High staff turnover Low productivity Stock out No access to medicines Low attendance Lack of infrastructure The following problems were also related to financial resources problems. 7.1.1 Problem: Poor infrastructure Causes Attitude of staff Lack of a maintenance schedule Lack of funds Effects High rate of equipment breakdown Loss of confidence Low quality servicing 7.1.2 Problem: Misappropriation of funds Causes Lack of auditing Poor skills in financial management Poor supervision Lack of accountability Greediness Poverty Peer influence Indiscipline Collusion Effects Bankruptcy Partial or total collapse High mortality and morbidity Low production Unemployment 7.2 Problem: Poor management A combination of five trees gives the following causes and effects. Causes Poor communication Lack of training Autocracy Poor team work Fear Poor setting of priorities Poor recruitment Poor record keeping Poor interpersonal relationship Poor guidelines Lack of supervision Lack of finances Internal conflicts Improper evaluation Divide and rule Bureaucracy Effects Lack of motivation High mortality and morbidity High staff turnover Corruption Failure of facility Staff dissatisfaction Wastage Deterioration in infrastructure Factions Lack of funds Low patient attendance Misunderstanding and fights Patient dissatisfaction Poor finances Poor quality service Poor service delivery EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 24 7.3 Problem: Poor public education Problems around public education were related to individual and governmental poverty. Causes Lack of financial resources Ineffective communication Bad planning Poor motivation Inadequate resource personnel Effects High staff turnover High cost of treatment Low national productivity High morbidity and mortality 7.4 Problem: Few skilled personnel Causes Bad management Inadequate training Lack of motivation Location of facility Effects Lack of funds High morbidity and mortality Low productivity Poor patient management Unemployment 8 FOCUS GROUPS Nine focus groups were carried out with religious leaders from local communities as participants. 8.1 A system of effective community involvement There was an interesting link between community involvement and positive perceptions of the facilities. Six focus groups described a significant level of community involvement Although only two groups mentioned a community member on the hospital board, they all described some form of ‘communal labour’ or community contributions: We usually work hand-in-hand with the hospital. The community periodically provides communal labour on hospital premises, at least twice a year. The youth in the community have provided security in the event of threats of armed robbery attacks The church periodically donates blood to the hospital The chief agreed to release land for the hospital’s use. The presence of the health insurance scheme has brought the community and the hospital closer together. There is significant respect for hospital staff, their treatment of patients, their availability in emergencies, and the lack of nepotism. The services are about the best Staff are hard working and caring A committed hospital team. Staff are very caring and friendly. There are always doctors on night duty Attendance is sometimes as high as five hundred people per day, yet the hospital staff respond to them all. Prescriptions are always fulfilled Patients do not have to pay extra money to get treated well and are treated efficiently without hurrying through the processes Nepotism is not observed in their service delivery – even if it is present, it is negligible. Staff are dedicated and are not involved in any suspicious activities. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 25 This was the case even where the community was aware of staff shortages. (Both the following quotes are from the same group). Hospital is perceived to have a shortage of staff, which leads to delays in services. Staff are seen to be friendly. Assistance with payment, such as arrangements for credit or payment in kind through labour, is appreciated by communities, and is discussed with some hospitals at a community level. The hospital sometimes agrees for patients who cannot pay for treatment to render some form of service, including weeding round the hospital premises, as a form of payment. Several communities benefit from outreach awareness programmes on HIV/AIDS and from health programming broadcast on FM radio, and some hospitals also provide home-based care teams. Hospital provides free transportation for referral. The hospital embarks on health talk programmes on local FM stations. One group was keen to have a member of the community on the board of directors, and another felt: The community contribution to the hospital is however very low because most people don’t see the hospital as their own. Three focus groups described a lack of community involvement These groups also showed less understanding of the issues and poorer impressions of services. There is a perceived lack of respect for the people in the community by hospital staff. Hospital staff often shout at them. Even when the community embarks on communal labour and a member sustains any injury, he is made to bear the cost of treatment. Hence, the community is no longer willing to undertake such activities. The community feels the hospital is neglecting their social responsibility by not allowing the school children to drink from their well. No opportunity to register concerns, i.e., no suggestion box. It has long been removed. With these groups, the perception is that staff do not care about the people, treatment is slow and substandard even in emergencies, others may get treated in preference, and medicines do not work. Hospital staff are known not to give the best services to patients. Favouritism in treatment of patients by nurses. Leaking of information on patients to community. There is bound to be victimization when one insists on one’s own rights. Drugs given to patients mostly do not work because most patients complain even after treatment. The community believes that there are a lot of bureaucratic bottlenecks at the hospital. 8.2 Church leaders’ awareness of the issues The focus groups were conducted with church leaders, and their open discussion of a range of issues relating to medicines pricing and availability, staffing and service levels, and community involvement suggest a high level of awareness. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 26 8.2.1 Suggestions for improvements Suggestions for improvements include: additional health education (including in areas where it is already being provided, often by FM radio). Education in preventive medicine should be intensified. They should train first aid teams in schools. Additional health staff, support from the government, and changes in hospital management (mainly from focus groups where there was no perceived community involvement): Drug prices should be brought down. Nurses should be tolerant to patients. Improvements in infrastructure, including mosquito nets in wards, mortuaries, and a water closet (for which people were prepared to pay a fee): They urged the hospital to provide guesthouses for visitors, since mostly they fall on the community for accommodation. Improving relations and increasing community involvement with the hospital: The hospital should take advantage of the monthly traditional council meeting to send their concerns to their community. There should be education to change the perception that the hospital has money and hence people don’t pay their fees. The hospital should develop a rotation system for the minister of the Gospel from various church denominations in the area to lead the morning devotions. This could help change people’s perceptions about the facility. —END— 9 APPENDIX 1: TOOL 1–RAW SELF-ASSESSMENT SURVEY RESULTS Please see separate Epi Info database. 10 APPENDIX 2: TOOL 3–RAW GUIDED SELF-ASSESSMENT RESULTS Please see separate reports of results for each hospital. 11 APPENDIX 4: ANALYSIS METHODS FOR INDICATORS Table 8 lists the EPN Access to Medicines Guidelines and the sources of data that will be used to estimate the level of compliance in a country. The ‘analysis method’ refers to one of the approaches described in Table 7. Table 7 Analysis methods Analysis method Description A Find the percentage of all respondents that answered the question. If there is a supplementary ‘is it implemented’ type question, then use the percentage of respondents that answered the supplementary question. B Take the lowest percentage score from the range of questions given. C Find the percentage of respondents that answered all the questions in the range EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 27 given. D Make a judgement based on the textual data given. E Find the average percentage score from the range of questions given. F Take the highest percentage score from the range of questions given. Table 8: EPN Guidelines and data sources Guideline Data source [SAS = Self-assessment survey] Analysis method 1. Compliance with best practices for drug storage and management. SAS Q 2.3 B 2. Compliance with rational use of medicines guidelines. SAS Qs 3, 6.5 B 3. Functioning medical supply system. DSO surveys – all questions SAS Q 4 D 4. Functioning Drug and Treatment Committees (DTC) in hospitals. SAS Q 5 C 5. All ‘owners’ with maximum understanding or roles, best practice, and management information. Focus groups SAS Q 7.5 D 6. Implementation of standard operating procedures for procurement. SAS Q 2.9 A 7. Improvement in access to medicines for an institution, passed on to patients. SAS Q 6.12.1 A 8. Quality assurance policy in place and implemented. SAS Qs 2.10–2.11 B 9. Pricing policies in place and operationalized. SAS Q 6.10 D 10. Government subsidies extended. Guided desk review Q 6 SAS Qs 6.14–6.15 F 11. Pro-poor ethic in evidence. SAS Q 6.1–6.4 E 12. Tax exemptions available to CHSs. Guided desk review Q 8 A 13. Transparency mechanisms in place in support of ‘Health for All’. SAS Qs 7.1–7.3 E 14. Effective community involvement system in place. Focus groups SAS Q 7.4 E 15. Cross-institutional information sharing. Guided desk review Q 3 A 16. Compliance with drug donations guidelines. SAS Qs 4.7–4.11 C 17. Mechanism in place to allow for representation at regional and national levels in relevant debates. Guided desk review Q 5 D 18. At least one pharmaceutically trained person per institution. SAS Q 8.2 A 19. Access to key pharmaceutical information. SAS Qs 8.4–8.5 E 20. Regular assessment of pharmaceutical unit work. SAS Q 8.6 A 21. Church leaders’ awareness of key messages. Focus groups D 22. Pharmaceutical function represented at all levels of discussion. Guided desk review Q 8 SAS Q 8.7 A 23. Disaster preparedness procedures in place (e.g., for earthquake, flood, influx of refugees, conflict). SAS Q 7.6 A  Make a judgement as to what percentage of respondents demonstrate a pricing policy. For example, a fixed mark up, such as 15%, is a policy, but ‘discussion or consultation with others’ does not constitute a policy. EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 28 Table 9 lists sections of the written description of the report and the sources of data to be used to develop them. Table 9: Baseline and data sources Baseline description Data source National situation for CHSs Guided desk review Details of drug supply systems DSO survey Trend analysis for access to essential medicines Workshop exercises Brief organizational review of CHS hospitals Workshop exercises and focus groups Possible ways forward Workshop exercises and focus groups EPN/ACCESS 2005 —Ghana baseline survey— Page 29 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Overall conclusions 1 BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO GHANA Ministry of Health, Government of Ghana Church health services (CHSs) Drug supply organizations (DSOs) Medicines management Pricing Donations 2 RESPONSE RATES AND VALIDITY OF RESULTS 2.1 Descriptions of the respondents 3 RESULTS FOR ‘EPN GUIDELINES’ 3.1 Compliance with best practices for drug storage and management 3.2 Compliance with rational use of medicines ‘guidelines’ 3.3 Functioning medical supply system 3.4 Functioning Drug and Therapeutics Committees (DTC) in hospitals 3.5 All ‘owners’ with maximum understanding of roles, best practice, and management information. 3.6 Implementation of standard operating procedures for procurement 3.7 Improvement in access to medicines for a facility, passed on to patients 3.8 Quality assurance policy in place and implemented 3.9 Pricing policies in place and operationalized 3.10 Government subsidies extended 3.11 Pro-poor ethic in evidence 3.12 Tax exemptions available to CHSs 3.13 Transparency mechanisms in place in support of ‘Health for All’ 3.14 Effective community involvement system in place 3.15 Cross-institutional information sharing 3.16 Compliance with drug donations guidelines 3.17 Mechanism in place to allow for representation at regional and national levels in relevant debates 3.18 At least one pharmaceutically trained person per facility 3.19 Access to key pharmaceutical information (available in the pharmacy area, and available in the facility 3.20 Regular assessment of pharmaceutical unit work 3.21 Church leaders’ awareness of key messages 3.22 Pharmaceutical function represented at all levels of discussion 3.23 Disaster preparedness procedures in place 4 TOOL 3: GUIDED SELF-ASSESSMENT RESULTS 4.1 Methods used 5 SPIDER DIAGRAMS 5.1 Overall combined spider diagram 5.1.1 Brainstorming, categorizing, and ranking factors 5.2 Overall priority factors 5.3 Trend analysis 6 FORCE FIELD ANALYSIS 6.1 Combined force field diagram 6.2 Overall greatest constraints (stones) 6.3 Greatest positive impact (balloons) 7 PROBLEM TREE ANALYSIS 7.1 Problem: Low financial resources 7.1.1 Problem: Poor infrastructure 7.1.2 Problem: Misappropriation of funds 7.2 Problem: Poor management 7.3 Problem: Poor public education 7.4 Problem: Few skilled personnel 8 FOCUS GROUPS 8.1 A system of effective community involvement Six focus groups described a significant level of community involvement Three focus groups described a lack of community involvement 8.2 Church leaders’ awareness of the issues 8.2.1 Suggestions for improvements 9 APPENDIX 1: TOOL 1–RAW SELF-ASSESSMENT SURVEY RESULTS 10 APPENDIX 2: TOOL 3–RAW GUIDED SELF-ASSESSMENT RESULTS 11 APPENDIX 4: ANALYSIS METHODS FOR INDICATORS
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