Kuala Lumpur, March 31 - A Malaysian healthcare consulting services provider, Mediconsult Sdn Bhd has recently been awarded two contracts; a EUR 600,000 contract by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Uzbekistan for the Electronic Heath Care Development Project and a US$420,000 by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Bangladesh for the Preparation of an Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project.
The Electronic Health Care Development Project is an initiative by the Government of Uzbekistan to develop an electronic framework to support the healthcare sector. It is a highly concentrated assignment with an expected input of 60 man-months over eight months.
Mediconsult will provide extensive expertise in Healthcare Information Systems, support the project preparation with public health consulting and a financial procurement expert.
The project aims to create an IT infrastructure and information systems to migrate fragmented paper based system to a digital Health Management Information System (HMIS) with the main objectives to strengthen instructional capacity and to establish an information system that provides accurate health information.
Kalamhamidi Bin Abu Bakar, Sr. Principal – Health Industry Development of Mediconsult Sdn. Bhd. said, “We gained the highest technical scores and won the project after bidding against other companies from Germany, Switzerland and USA. Based on the feedback from client, we were selected mainly based on the strength of the technical proposal and our ability to provide a task appropriate team composition, combined with in-depth experience in HMIS and public health.”
Meanwhile, the Preparing Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project is a project by the Government of Bangladesh together with partner-NGOs and development banks/partners to address the healthcare issues resulting from the high and growing number of population migrating to and living in urban areas of Bangladesh, which is now the 8th most populous country in the world.
The project aims to provide sustainable quality urban primary health care (PHC) services that target the poor and the needs of women and children.
The design of the three major outputs of the project intends to: (i) Strengthen institutional governance and local government capacity to sustainably deliver urban PHC services; (ii) Improve accessibility, quality, and utilisation of urban PHC services with a focus on the poor, women, and children, through PPP (Public Private Partnership); and (iii) Provide effective support for decentralised project management.
This three-phase project will have its results and efficiency reviewed by a consulting team which will also conduct extensive consultation with the key actors/partners of the sector to draw on lessons learned, followed by implementation advice for subsequent phase of the project.
Dr Pingling Yeoh, Principal – Health Systems and Services of Mediconsult Sdn. Bhd. said, “We believe we were selected because we were able to demonstrate Mediconsult’s comparative advantage: we dispose of healthy balance of high level in-house competence in the core requirements of health systems development, public health, procurement management and health care information management; and external consultants for specialised areas.”