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Somalia: Training of trainers of The Harmonized Health Facility Assessment started in Garowe

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GAROWE, Puntland - Training of trainers of The Harmonized Health Facility Assessment (HHFA) started in Garowe- Puntland. The TOT will be carried out from 25 July - 01 August 2022.

The Harmonized Health Facility Assessment (HHFA) is a comprehensive, standardized health facility survey that provides objective information on the availability of health facility services and the systems that facilities have in place to deliver the services at the required standards of quality. The last Health facility assessment (SARA-survey) was conducted in 2015.

The TOT was opened by his excellency Sayid Cumar Gulled State minister of Puntland together with Dr. Abdirizak Hersi Hassan Director General of the Ministry of Health of Puntland and Mr. Abdifatah Ahmed Director of Planning of the Federal Ministry of the health of Somalia. Planning directorates and HMIS officers from the Federal and State Ministry of Health and representatives from UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA attended the opening.

Health facilities visits and data collection will be carried out in the coming weeks following cascade training for enumerators and team leaders at regional towns. A total of 310 public and 49 major private health facilities are planned to be visited during data collection.

Availability and quality of health services are integral to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and contribute to attaining the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

HHFA data support health sector reviews and evidence-based decision-making for strengthening country health services. Developed through multi-stakeholder collaboration, the HHFA is based on global service standards and draws upon existing global facility survey instruments.

The HHFA uses standardized indicators, questionnaires, data collection methodologies, and data analysis tools. Standardization promotes alignment of facility survey approaches, enables comparability of results over time and across geographic areas, and can support capacity-building through consistent application of global standards.

This exercise will continue in all other states in the coming months to cover all public and major private health facilities across all areas of the country.

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