National Catholic Health Council Launched

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The National Catholic Health Council (NCHC) was launched in Monrovia on Saturday with a commitment to strengthen Roman Catholic health institutions in the country. The launch on Saturday followed a three-day workshop that drew a strategic plan to ensure the sustainability of Catholic related health institutions in the country. NCHC’s executive director Mary Bropleh said the establishment of the NCHC is necessary because there are over 20-Catholic related health centers that need to speak with one voice.

She said the strategic plan, developed at the end of the three-day workshop, would guide the administration of the NCHC to ensure that its objectives are realized.

She noted that the primary goal of the newly established organization is to provide service to the needy and said with an effective strategic plan now available, the NCHC is ready to move ahead with committed staff members.

The three-day workshop was facilitated by Catholic Social Service (CSR) consultant Carole Green.

Providing updates on NCHC’s journey so far, she said an annual plan was created for 2017/18 on seven priority areas that identified people, resources and actions.

She said they appointed champions for each area and agreed on core values to underpin their work and develop communication messages.

She said the ten core values included accountability and transparency, respect and compassion and service standards, quality and safety.

Others include unity and commitment, honesty and integrity and innovation and empowerment; sustainability and confidentiality, advocacy, justice and equity.

She said the seven priority areas are information system and performance management; drugs and commodities supply; human resource development; representation and advocacy with the government; quality improvement and patient safety; and governance and operations management.

Though an invitation for a representative from the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare was not responded to, the body agreed that the objective of the three-day seminar was achieved when Sister Barbara, NCHC’s outgoing chair, assisted by Bishop Andrew Karnley, Bishop of the Cape Palmas Diocese, cut the ribbon to officially announce the establishment of the organization.

Bishop Karnley offered his personal services to ensure the success of the NCHC. Other speakers, including the CRS Country Representative and Gabriele Huber of MISEREOR, promised their support.

NCHC is the recognized arm of the Catholic Church to champion the provision of quality, standardized, accessible, affordable and holistic health care at all its institutions in Liberia through a team of well-motivated, skilled and trained professionals.

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