Setting up a results-based financing scheme – Experiences in NU Health

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2012

The Northern Uganda Health Project (NU Health) was established in 2011 with funding from UK aid under the Post-Conflict Development Programme for Northern Uganda. The project was set up to test and generate evidence on the extent to which results-based financing (RBF) is an efficient and effective financing mechanism for improving access to and quality of care among faith-based, private-not-for-profit health providers in the Acholi sub-region compared with more traditional input-based financing. 21 facilities were selected for RBF, while ten control sites in Lango sub-region, which has a similar socio-cultural and economic backdrop, were provided with input-based financing. This technical brief provides an overview of the conceptual design of the project, and reports on results achieved after eight months of implementation. Lessons learned during the project set-up and early implementation phases are highlighted. The latter will assist policy makers, development partners and other stakeholders who are thinking of using RBF as a means to  increase access to and quality of care. 

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Tags: Capacity building, Quality improvement, Access to health services, Health services, Health care financing, Governance, Nutrition, Accountability, Quality of care, Health sector reform, NU Health, Uganda, Results-based financing,