Improving Health Financing and Resource Allocation in Mali
In August 2017, HP+ shared the results of a costing and financial gap analysis of community health workers that provide services as part of Mali’s Community Health Program. HP+ used the MSH Community Health Planning and Costing Tool to conduct the analysis. The tool was adapted to the Malian context and is used to assist in planning of health financing and resource allocation in a straight-forward and user-friendly way. Results were shared with participants including USAID, the National Health Directorate and other relevant stakeholders. The information made available through the tool, such as average cost of care per service or average cost of each service, will enable the Malian government to better plan for investing in their Community Health Program. The availability of this data allows them to create evidence-based, realistic, detailed budgets. The results also provides donors and partners reasons to be more innovative through initiatives like introducing results-based financing.