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Middle East and North Africa
Options has a strong track record of working in the Middle East. See below for Options' significant programmes in the region.
- Voucher Management Agency for the Reproductive Health Programme.
Options is leading a new innovative project in Yemen which aims to
increase the use of quality maternal and reproductive health services
provided by public and private providers through a voucher system. Yemen
has the highest rates of maternal mortality in the Middle East, the
lowest level of antenatal coverage, and low levels of births attended by
skilled health staff. Access to health services varies greatly and for
many poor households, the cost of medical care is prohibitive and the
main reason for not seeking care. Through the distribution of vouchers,
poor Yemeni women and their families will be able to access a package of
reproductive health services covering pre- and postnatal care, safe
delivery and family planning free at the point of delivery, thereby
contributing to improved physical, social and economic wellbeing.
Options is working with Yemen’s Ministry for Public Health and
Population and Yemeni partners Yamaan and Medical Insurance Specialists
to manage the voucher system. The project is for three years and is
funded through German Financial Cooperation. Read more about the
- Syria Health Sector Modernisation Programme, 2003–2010.
Options provided technical assistance as part of an EC-funded programme
of support to improve the health status of the Syrian population by
increasing the equity, efficiency and quality of the health system.
Options provided expertise in human resource development and quality
assurance, primary health care, health management training, health
financing and insurance, public expenditure, accreditation processes and
the legal environment. The programme supported reform initiatives
instigated by the Ministry of Health, including strengthening policy,
planning and regulatory capacity; improving the health care delivery
system; and enhancing management capacity at the facility level. The
programme established quality assurance and accreditation processes and
developed a framework for sustainable financing of the health sector.
- Technical Assistance to the Programme of Reproductive Health in Turkey, 2003–2007. Options provided technical assistance to the EC-funded programme to improve the effectiveness of the Government and civil society response to improving the sexual and reproductive health status of the Turkish population – especially women by increasing the availability and utilisation of sexual and reproductive health services, and strengthening the policy environment to better support sexual and reproductive health rights and choices. The programme provided support to the ministry of health in implementing the National Strategy for Women's Health and Family Planning. Options support worked to strengthen civil society organisations to implement advocacy and behaviour change activities via a €20M grant scheme. Options disbursed grants to support activities focusing on improvements in neonatal health, family planning, safe abortion, and sexually transmitted infections/HIV & AIDS, and also to build capacity of civil society organisations through sustainability initiatives.
- Technical Assistance to Egypt's Health Sector Reform Programme, 1999–2005. Options provided technical assistance as part of an EC-funded programme of support to the Government of Egypt’s health sector reform to restructure family health services to deliver an essential package of basic health services. Options provided expertise in health planning, health financing, nursing HR planning, procurement, quality assurance, contracting and primary health care equipment specification.