Along with R4D, SPARC, World Health Organization, and the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Programme, ThinkWell will be hosting a two-day hybrid satellite session. One session will be held on October 31st from 8 am-4 pm (GMT –5), while another will take place on November 1st from 8 am-4 pm (GMT-5). Objectives of reform are often conflated with the instruments for achieving them. By placing the focus on instruments (i.e., the means), policies can move forward that are actually misaligned, or even work against, the objectives (i.e., ends) reforms seek to achieve. The first session will deep-dive into what “ends-driven” means in practice and how it will be done through specific examples. 

In the second session, we will deep dive into contributory social health insurance (SHI) as a means-driven reform, and how policies can be designed better to focus on the “end” of universal health coverage (UHC). We will share the latest research on contributory SHI in Africa, explore what is driving this policy direction, and what we know about whether, and how, UHC objectives can be met based on the evidence and experience from low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. This session will provide a peer-to-peer learning and exchange of ideas, providing advice and lessons for countries considering setting up contributory SHI systems from countries with established SHI and how these SHI systems can be improved to meet country objectives for UHC.  

Speakers at this event will include: 

  • Cheryl Cashin, Managing Director, Results for Development 
  • Joe Kutzin, Head of the Health Financing Unit, World Health Organization 
  • Nirmala Ravishankar, Senior Fellow, ThinkWell 
  • Edwine Barasa, Director, Nairobi Programme,, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Programme 
  • Susan Sparkes, Health Financing Specialist, World Health Organization 
  • Agnes Gatome-Munyua, Associate Director, Results for Development 

 Please register here.