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Health Department is operating under social Services and Women Work Directorate of the ELCT, the department deals with health services delivery with a "Wholeness" approach to the individual, taking care of the Body, Soul and Mind.
This Health Department is responsible for 24 Hospitals and up to 148 health centers and dispensaries. Among the 24 hospitals 3 are DDHs CDH 3 and Zonal referral hospitals and a wide range of Community Based Health services including programs for HIV/AIDS control, Primary Health Care, Pallivative Care and Home Based Care which is complemented by a network of Community Health Workers. The department commands about 15% of the national health services.
The Church's Vision is to have a healthy society with healthy individuals and communities where-by physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs are met and balanced, resulting in peaceful and joyful life.
The Church's mission is to witness and glorify God through provision of holistic equitable, affordable, accessible and sustainable quality health care services, in partnership with community and other stakeholders.
A community with good health contributing effectively to individual and national development and living a peaceful and joyful life.
- Coordination, facilitation and capacity building. It involves also facilitation for effective planning and implementation of health servicesand programs.
- Management and good governance is part of this facilitation.
- Human resource planning and development including training.
- Technical and essential health services support.
- Policy harmonization, operationalization and monitoring.
- Advocacy and lobbying work.
ELCT Health work
Managed Health Care Program(MHCP) of the ELCT is an integrative approach for effective health care financing and service provision, aiming to improve health status of the people through making services accessible, affordable and of acceptable quality. MHCP started in 1997 and reaches the brink in the end of 2014 after been in existence for 17 years.
The program was an entry point of various health projects which have been coordinated by the ELCT head office and implemented by ELCT health facilities and surrounding communities. During its existence the program worked very hard in making sure there is close relationship between ELCT health projects and hospitals with strengthened coordination and monitoring activities. Not only this; but also it established a link between the church, the government and other non-governmental organizations.
The lesson learned overtime formed a basis for the development of more health projects to date, therefore there is a lot to learn, remember and develop. One major impact of MHCP is the continuance of annual meetings which involves the managers for health services from hospitals and dioceses, financiers of all ELCT projects and other stakeholders within the country including government officials.
The meetings have been a forum to share and discuss issues for strengthened health services within ELCT through policy implementation, building partnerships, advocacy and lobbying.
MHCP reaches the end but the health department continues to implement the activities through various ongoing projects as listed below:
- Information and Communication Technology(ICT)
- Ant-Retroviral Treatment(ART)
- Community Malaria Initiavitve
- Palliative Care
- Reproductive Health
- Primary Health Care
- Advocacy for health