Evaluation USAID/Jordan: Health Services Strengthening II Midterm Evaluation

GH Tech Bridge II Project, Kelly O'Hanley, Jennifer Peters, Muntaha Gharaibeh, GH Tech Bridge II Project
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
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The report presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of a midterm evaluation of Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) II, a five year (2009-2014), $73 million USAID-funded project. The strategy of the HSS II is to institutionalize strengthened health systems in support of reduced fertility rates and improved women's health. It works with the public health sector, namely the Ministry of Health, the Royal Medical Service and the Jordan University Hospital. The report finds that the project has met 13 of its 23 targets for year 3 and is on track to meet all its objectives by the end of the project. Expected results are public sector initiatives in safe motherhood and reproductive health. The HSS II project, with its close ties with the Ministry of Health for its responsiveness to health needs and integrated approach to health delivery, has strengthened critical health systems through its support to health management information system, renovations, accreditation, referrals and capacity-building. The report recommends the USAID to negotiate the removal of a requirement that midwives be supervised intrauterine device insertion, advocate for innovative incentive schemes and varying salary grades that reward midwives and doctors providing FP services and revise project indicators to reflect health outcomes and impact. Further recommendations include continuing support of a broad-scale mass media behavior change and communication campaign and programs that build on gains in maternal and neonatal health.

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