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The Multi Country PBF Network Project, which was launched from 22 to 24 February 2010, is the outcome of a network of PBF-related experience sharing based on pilot sites at Cyangugu and Butare (Rwanda), established respectively by Cordaid and Health Net since 2003.
Several advocacy meetings with authorities and donors were conducted as well as a comparative study by the World Bank in 2004.  As for the mobilisation of MAP funds, it took place in 2005.
During the same year (2005), Cordaid established a network for PBF-related experience sharing in the Great Lakes Region, namely: Burundi, DRC and Rwanda.

Actions to be carried out:

. Mutual aid between agencies for the starting up of the PBF system in each of these countries and for the establishment of a group of PBF trainers;
. Development of modules and organisation of training activities.

In 2007-2008, the network extended with the membership of two French-speaking countries: The Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Cameroon. In 2009, two English-speaking countries, namely Tanzania and Zambia, joined the five-country network in their turn.

There are two levels of operation in their structure:

Country level: each partner, in their country, defined their intervention according to the current situation of their involvement and priorities in PBF.

International and regional level: network action of seven (7) countries with a Secretariat of the network managed by HDP (Rwanda) with Cordaid in charge of international coordination.

The overall objective of the Project is the improvement of the functioning of the health sector through an active experience sharing among the seven countries in the area of PBF.

The following are some of the specific objectives, which were developed:
.  Establish an international network on PBF experience sharing;
.  Look for PBF’s influence on human resources management;
. Reinforce partners and other stakeholders’ capacities for a better management of a PBF programme;
. Promote community participation in both financing systems (PBF and Mutual Health Insurance Schemes, and experiment synergic actions).

Financed by the European Union, the Project will be spread over a three-year period, from 1st January 2010 to 31st December 2012.
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