HEALTH, DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE (H.D.P) is a Rwandese Non-Government Organization established in 2006 and registered officially since 2007. HDP founder have a long working experience with international and local NGOs. HDP has a long experience in the implementation of health financing interventions in the area of Performance Based Financing and Health Insurance Scheme. HDP is also increasingly expanding its operations in various African countries to help them out starting those initiatives. The expertise developed in the organization has grown up over time from health financing to public health areas including but not limited to Tuberculosis, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Malaria, Nutrition and School health. HDP has also a longstanding experience to work with other partners in local or international consortia, in the Country and in other African countries. Those opportunities has lead the organisation to developing strong relationship with experienced institutions in the mentioned fields.
HDP is an organisation governed by a General Assembly supported by an Executive Committee for the follow up of its decisions and guidelines. The organisation implements the activities through Not for Profit Unit; Health Facility Unit and Health Investment Company. Team work with the lead of the management team of each unit is privileged by the organisation.
HDP is one of the partners in the Health system in Rwanda who joined the government in the scaling up process national wide for the Performance Based Financing scheme. The focus area has been on working more on the community participation concept from which actions are based on continuous client satisfaction surveys to assess the quality of services from the patient perspective and to verify correctness of declared data’s from the health facility managers.
HDP has developed relationship with international organisations in Rwanda and in various countries in Africa for the implementation of projects in the area of Public Health and Health Systems strenghening. Universities and Higher Education Institutes are as well partners who are collaborating with HDP for ventures in several fields for researches and studies.
Since 2010, HDP is implementing counter verification of the PBF schemes set up in various countries as an external and independent actor. Such successful interventions in Rwanda, Burundi and Republic of Congo has allowed HDP to improve the skills of serving Government with financial contribution from international institutions.
HDP is involved in the consortium of PBF course developers and it is regularly involved in the training sessions organised in favour of PBF learners in different countries. During the past recent years, the HDP training centre organised various courses in different settings (countries) including some for health service providers and local authorities and others for managers and decision makers.
From January 2013 to date, HDP has embarked in other challenging intervention promoting the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Young People in Rwanda. This intervention has come as a way to strengthen the organisation capacity for programs aiming at improving health care services to the most vulnerable groups in general and 10 to 24 young people specifically. The main actions consist of training health personnel and developing approaches that help for attitude change HDP towards the SRHR services to Young people; to deliver youth friendly services, and to support the Ministry of Health to adapt the data collection and analysis regarding the services offered to young people.
Currently HDP is implementing a project on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights with the support from the Packard Foundation. One of the main achievements has been the adoption of the school health policy which has SRHR component, the establishment of functional youth corners in the districts of intervention and recently the supervision tools for SRH activities has been selected and shall be adopted soon. This project followed another 3 years intervention of the same supported by the Netherlands cooperation.
HDP aims to become a Rapid Action organization, most dynamic in Africa, which designs innovative and sustainable solutions adapted to the changing context, to ensure a better and most developed life, for Rwandans particularly and Africans in general.
HDP's mission is strengthening the Rwandan communities’ in particular and African in general in implementation of joint or individual actions by using available and appropriate means in contributing to:
- Achieving the welfare of the population;
- Improving the quality of social services;
- Encouraging the population to actively participate in development, to use and appreciate services;
- Innovating adapted solutions to newly identified needs.
Respect for others, efficiency (performance, quality), accountability, transparency, equity and integrity of individuals and organization are our most important values that we will always safeguard.
HDP's commitments affect four following main orientations:
- Get involved for an equitable social consciousness;
- Contribute to improving of the populations’ health by supporting interventions in community health and health education;
- Adopt working methods which give more responsibilities; leave open space for creativity and innovation to the ultimate beneficiaries.
HDP has a wide experience in the implementation of an innovative approach named “Performance Based Financing” applied within health system. Also, other initiatives to sustain, to improve and integrate this strategy in areas other than health like education remains a priority in HDP’s strategic plan.
Through its training center, HDP conducts theoretical and practical capacity building sessions (study tours) for both international and local customers. The products offered by the center are mainly related to the implementation of the Performance Based Financing strategy, on sexual and reproductive health, HIV, community participation and community-based health insurance.
The training center remains a very flexible structure, it can easily adapt to customer demand in terms of customization of products and relocation of its intervention, in any place chosen by the customer or partner.
A consultancy component is running at HDP. This unit also acts as a provider for services mentioned above. The services requested by clients / partners whether at national, regional or international levels. Service providers are either internal experts or external organizations with specific and existing agreements for collaboration.
The implementation of projects to improve the health of the population in partnership or alone is an important component in HDP. The business volume remains a major source of the ongoing work for HDP team. Product diversification is carried out on the broad field of public health in which HDP has chosen to carry out projects either on the side of a service consumer or a service provider. As a service consumer, HDP has identified district hospitals, health centers and health posts as partners. While as a service provider, groups identified within a community are key actors in the implementation of projects.
In an effort to increase the reserves of the organization, income-generating activities have been designed and implemented. The concept of an IT solution "Mganga net" to strengthen the financial management of health facilities is being tested. Access to finance for health facilities is another product developed in partnership with other partners who have a long standing experience in Banking and business continuity concept. Positive returns that can contribute to the mobilization of the organization's financial resources are in permanent consideration.
- HDP income is composed of donations from international partners, reimbursment for services rendered to various partners and contribution of members.
- The number of people on the HDP contract has been about 20 people on average in the recent years and many more experts on temporary contracts.