Lebanon to Strengthen Primary Health Care

OTTAWA, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon has kept primary health care as a priority by continuing to invest in improving the quality of primary health care in Lebanon. Starting in January 2011, Accreditation Canada International will provide training on quality improvement and the accreditation process, as well as help in the development of the skills of health care professionals in different regions.

This project will involve a first group of 20 Lebanese primary care centers going through an initial assessment of their services, which will help identify opportunities for improvement and provide the impetus to improve the quality of care provided to the population. This second phase of the primary health care strategy follows Accreditation Canada International's successful review and revision of existing Lebanese primary health care standards, and the pilot testing of the revised standards in three local health organizations. "Improving the quality and safety of primary health care services through accreditation is a key component of health reform in Lebanon," says Professor Mohamed Jawad Khalifeh, Minister of Public Health in Lebanon.

"Everyone involved in the first phase of this project has shown a remarkable commitment to ongoing quality improvement," says Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO of Accreditation Canada. "It's encouraging to see that the people who deliver health services in Lebanon are so dedicated to providing safe, high quality services."

"The Ministry of Public Health is using a staged and sound approach that builds concensus within the primary care community and instills confidence that significant improvements can be achieved," says Sébastien Audette, Director of Accreditation Canada International. "The level of engagement has a direct impact on results, and the progress being made is commendable."

Accreditation Canada International specializes in exporting health accreditation expertise worldwide. Accreditation Canada (www.accreditation.ca) is a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides national and international health services organizations with a rigorous and comprehensive accreditation process. We foster ongoing quality improvement based on evidence-based standards and external peer review. Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care, Accreditation Canada has helped organizations strive for excellence for more than 50 years.

SOURCE Accreditation Canada

For further information:

Liane Craig
Director, Strategic Communications
Accreditation Canada
1-800-814-7769 ext. 301

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