RIVCHO carried out Monitoring and Evaluation of Bamako Initiatives Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) for Oben Cottage Hospital which was sponsored by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Ltd for the month of JUNE, 2016. Riverine Communities Health Organization (RIVCHO) covered the process of data collection, analysis and reporting.
Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) is a vital success determinant of any intervention. A successful M & E exercise revolves around some core concepts. These encompass efficiency, relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of projects being monitored and evaluated. The outcome of these is the reliability of such projects or intervention.
The Bamako Initiative was a formal statement by African health ministers in 1987 in Bamako, Mali, to implement strategies to increase access to essential drugs for Sub-Sahara Africa. African ministers with World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), called for community participation in managing and funding supplies of essential drugs. The Bamako Initiative proposed decentralizing health decision making to local levels and establishing realistic national drug policies to enhance the provision of essential drugs for Sub-Sahara Africans.
The Bamako Initiative Drug Revolving Fund Scheme has as its main objective ensuring the availability of essential drugs needed at all times; ensure high quality assurance; maintain impact on stakeholders; measure extent of success of DRF programme and identify deviations and gaps and recommend corrective actions.
RIVCHO, with its wealth of experience in the use of participatory rural appraisal and participatory learning and action (PRA/PLA) in social research, has continued to deepen insight into the operations of the health facilities. Baseline situations already established in our previous field work provide useful benchmarks in our analysis and evaluation of the health facilities. Therefore, phenomenal changes are tracked in the process. The use of photo-evidence and graphic presentation of data is expedient in reinforcing understanding of data presentation as well as driving issues home.
RIVCHO presents outcome of the monitoring and evaluation exercise on community basis. Data of the outcome of the exercise, which are community specific, were presented in the report that was given to SEPLAT. These data include DRF accounts, drug records, infrastructure and statistical analysis, observations and follow-up suggestions, challenges and evaluation of the Health Facility. Photographs of essential issues in the communities are presented to back up issues raised by RIVCHO.