MSH Publishes New PBF Handbook

MSH is pleased to announce the publication of The PBF Handbook: Designing and Implementing Effective Performance-Based Financing Programs.  Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the AIDSTAR-Two Project, the PBF Handbook was written to assist decision-makers at the point of project design in integrating PBF approaches into their overall framework, and to delineate the roles and responsibilities of USAID and implementing partners.

PBF is a powerful means of increasing the quality and quantity of health services by providing incentives to suppliers to improve performance and achieve results. In support of the Millennium Development Goals, PEPFAR, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and other important health initiatives, PBF can increase the use and quality of health services, stabilize or decrease the costs of these services, help use limited resources effectively, and improve staff motivation and morale, a proven incentive for staff retention. Organizations and countries throughout the world are increasingly using PBF to help make improvements in health and development. PBF links an organization’s funding to its achievement of agreed-upon targets and may include bonuses if the organization exceeds those targets.

The AIDSTAR-Two Project offers proven strategies for magnifying the impact of HIV & AIDS programs, delivering organizational capacity building with an emphasis on management, leadership, governance, and organizational development. The AIDSTAR-Two Consortium is composed of Management Sciences for Health; International HIV/AIDS Alliance; Cardno Emerging Markets, USA, Ltd. (Cardno); Health and Development Africa; Initiatives, Inc.; Save the Children; and Religions for Peace.

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