Assessment of Essential Conditions A framework for quality management Technical Unit of Health Services and Access

What is an essential condition?

An essential condition in health service delivery is a quality criteria that evaluates the indispensable level of organizational development required to satisfy the health needs of individuals, families, and communities, based on best practices, ethics, scientific knowledge, and national regulations, contributing to equity and well-being.

The AEC tool

This tool allows the identification of opportunities for improvement and interventions to enhance essential conditions.


  • Performance assessment at facility levels
  • Performance assessment at Health Services network level
  • Performance assessment of the Health Services at the regional level

Structure of essential conditions