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SAHA aims at contributing to the modernization of the Health and healthcare systems in Libya, by addressing both these major areas of concern that draw intense citizen and government attention throughout Libya. The ongoing conflict is causing an increase in health needs for ordinary Libyans and military personnel. To address rising healthcare problems such as the increasing pressures on the sustainability of health systems, new and more effective health policies are needed. These have to be guided by the best available data, research, and evidence on good practices, effectiveness, and efficiency of systems of healthcare and prevention. Up-to-date and high-quality health data are required to evaluate policies and interventions for their outcomes, costs, and priority-setting, to determine public health system performances and to provide timely monitoring of trends in health. Universities and Academic hospitals are the most suitable environment to elaborate, discuss, implement and finally achieve these goals. Therefore, the SAHA project is intended to upgrade the quality of existing courses and enhance its relevance for the labour market and society by (1) introducing new courses on Health Economics and Healthcare management and creating centers for health data management in the Libyan HEIs; (2) setting up and managing academic centres for collecting medical data; and (3) by creating an advisory multi stakeholder committee for defining policy recommendations at for local, regional, national and international stakeholders and decision-makers. According these objectives the wider aims of the project is to reinforce education in response to today’s main challenges of Libya (peace enforcing, healthcare access for Libyan civilian and military population; public health, employment and economic growth), especially within the field of healthcare services, which are the ones that employ the highest number of people and are able to produce, faster than by any other means, social equity, wealth redistribution and the full exercise of a social right (the Health).

The specific objectives of the projects are the following:

1) Enhancing HEIs human resources capacities in the field of Health Economics and Healthcare Management by improving quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, and delivery of training offers and upgrading the quality of existing courses and enhance its relevance for the labour market and society with new courses on Health Economics and Healthcare management;

2) to promote a reform process in the field of the Libyan health system through a participatory approach and by involving national and international stakeholders, HEIs representatives, public authorities.

3)  to reinforce the reliability of data and statistics related to health management in the country by setting up health management data centers in each of the involved Universities.

To sum up, SAHA aim to increase education readiness  in response to today’s main challenges of Libya (peace enforcing, healthcare access for Libyan civilian and military population; public health, employment and economic growth), especially within the field of healthcare services, which are the ones that employ the highest number of people and are able to produce, faster than by any other means, social equity, wealth redistribution and the full exercise of a social right (the Health),  enhance the relevance of higher education in the field of Healthcare Management for the labor market and society; improve the level of competences and skills in Libyan HEIs by developing new and innovative education programmes in Performance and Healthcare Management; promote voluntary convergence of training offers in Healthcare Management of Libyan HEIs, with developments in this filed in European HEIs, foster a peaceful and safe environment for teaching, learning and doing research.

In order to reach the above mentioned specific objectives, activities are foreseen as follows:

1)  to introduce new courses (six in each Universities) in Health Economics and Healthcare Management in the Libyan HEIs curriculum of Economics and Medicine and to adapt standard contents to local needs and academic communities;

2) to set up and to manage academic centres for collecting medical data from local population e doing research  thanks to the center and new competencies in Health Economics and Healthcare Management;

3)  to create an advisory multi stakeholder committee for defining policy recommendations at for local, regional, national and international stakeholders and decision-makers

Project Acronym
 SAHA
Programme
European Commission, Erasmus+, KA2 – Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education
Lead Contractor
UNIPV, University of Pavia
Partners
  • UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union
  • UGR, Universidad de Granada
  • ZČU, Západočeské univerzity v Plzni
  • UOT, University of Tripoli
  • MU, Misurata University
  • SeU, Sebha University
  • SU, Sirte University
  • ZU, University of Zawia
  • LIMU, Libyan International Medical University
Associated Partner
 NA
Budget
997 260,00 EUR
Project Duration
From 15 October 2020 to 14 October 2023
Project No
619002-EPP-1-2020-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Project website
https://saha.unipv.it/
Contact Person
 Eugenio Platania, e.platania@uni-med.net

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