Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 18 Views no discussions LocalNews Major workshop gets underway in Dominica today by: – January 26, 2012 Share Share Photo credit: umemro.blogspot.comA workshop geared at raising the awareness on what “Results Based Financing” is and how these approaches are being implemented in different countries globally will get underway in Dominica today. The workshop will include presentations on the Argentina Plan Nacer experience, Belize Pay for Performance program, and Burundi’s Performance Based Financing approach. Participants will also engage in group work and case study discussions to raise challenges and opportunities for RBF approaches in Dominica’s health sector.In support of the RBF workshop and to provide the World Bank team with a better understanding of the challenges faced at the different health service delivery levels in Dominica, the Ministry of Health organized site visits for the World Bank team to visit the Princess Margaret Hospital and Type I and Type III Health Centres throughout Dominica. The workshop is the first activity of the RBF program and will be followed by a situational analysis to further explore how to effectively apply RBF approaches in the health sector. It will also include study tours visits to countries implementing good practice RBF approaches relevant to Dominica’s context, and the development of a country work plan to support further exploring an RBF approach for the health sector. Meanwhile a World Bank Mission team led by Carmen Carpio, Health Specialist, arrived in Dominica on January 23, 2012 to provide technical assistance in support of the Dominica health sector. The mission will consist of two main activities which include discussing and exploring opportunities for results-based financing (RBF) approaches in Dominica’s health sector and assessing the Health Information System. Results-Based Financing (RBF) for Health is a tool used for increasing the quantity and quality of health services. It combines the use of incentives for health-related behaviours with a strong focus on results, and can support efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).A follow-on visit by the World Bank team will take place in February to focus on the health information system (HIS). This visit will build on the RBF workshop and assess the stage of development of the HIS and identify opportunities for supporting potential RBF approaches and regional reporting on common health indicators across the OECS. Dominica Vibes News
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) — Inspired by a comprehensive victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force last weekend, Jamaica Scorpions are now banking on other teams to do them a “favour”, if they are to have any hope of winning the Regional four-day championship.Scorpions led the standings at the mid-season break but slipped off the top on the backs of two defeats, following the restart of the competition earlier this month.Victory by 87 runs inside three days at Queen’s Park Oval, however, has reinvigorated the side and though the odds are heavily stacked in leaders Guyana Jaguars’ favour, Miller still seemed to hold out hope of a dramatic turnaround in the last two rounds.“I think Guyana are now 14 points ahead of us with two games to play at home, and they are really good at home,” Miller told the Gleaner newspaper here.“We will need the other teams to do us a favour [and beat Guyana] and we continue to do what we need to do, which is win our final two games.”Scorpions, who lie third on 95.2 points, face a tricky test in the ninth round against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Arnos Vale in Kingstown before wrapping up their campaign with a difficult assignment against second placed Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.Volcanoes are fourth on 74.2 points while Pride have 99.2.Miller, whose Man-of-the-Match nine-wicket match-haul propelled Scorpions to victory against Red Force, said it was had been important to end the losing slide.“It’s a bit refreshing that we could break the losing spell that we had,” the left-arm spinner said.“I thought we showed a good level of fight as there were parts in the game that we were down in both innings, and individuals stood up and came up with big innings for the team.“This includes Fabian Allen in the second innings and Derval Green in the first. (Devon) Thomas as well should be congratulated as himself and Allen put on a 50-odd runs partnership that helped set up the game for us.”Allen, in only his second first class game, slammed a maiden first class half-century — an attacking 60 in the second innings — to bail Scorpions out of trouble.The tournament undergoes a week-long break before resuming on April 7.