Communities hold health service providers accountable in Kabul

Pashtoon Nahzatyar, Integrity Watch Afghanistan

On August 8th 2019, representatives of several communities met with officials from Kabul public health department, Sanayee Development Organization as the implementing agency, and representatives of civil society at Kabul public health department and presented health care-related problems found during Community Based Monitoring of Health Centers (CBM-H).

Speaking on the performance regarding health care, head of Kabul public health, Dr. Abdul Wakeel Ahmadi acknowledged the department’s failure to fix construction problems in Kamari, Bagrami, Dekow and a number of other health centers and to repair and paint other health centers due to lack of O&M budget.

Another problem raised was lack of payment for transportation of professional and non-professional staff members of health centers. Mr. Ahmadi mentioned that the payments have been finalized and AFN 23 million (around US$300K) have been allotted. He promised that the payment of personnel shall be made soon.

Mr. Ahmadi also reported other actions taken to address issues such as the timely distribution of hygiene material to health centers and filling the position of head of a clinic that was vacant for a long time. He responded to community representatives request to facilitate monitoring of health centers and promised that Sanayee Development Organization will prepare and distribute ID cards to all members of health centers’ councils to ensure their smooth monitoring of health centers.

The CBM-H program of Integrity Watch was initiated in 2018 and has so far covered 30 health centers in Kabul. The program was expanded to 3 more provinces (Kapisa, Herat, and Nangarhar) this year. The program now covers 51 health centers in total.