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Improving the patient experience in Mozambique’s health centers

28 April 2021

In Mozambique, management systems in high-volume health facilities are adapting slowly to demographic and epidemiologic changes and growth in patient demand. This often leaves management teams and clinical staff to implement ad-hoc adjustments to respond to patients’ needs. High patient volumes paired with clinical and administrative challenges and lack of clear national guidance can lead […]


Public financial management challenges and innovations: Learning from the COVID-19 health response

15 April 2021

On March 31, 2021, staff from ThinkWell’s Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) project participated in HSR2020 session, “Public Financial Management challenges and innovations – Learning from COVID-19 health response.” In 2020, coronavirus-affected countries explored and tested alternative modalities to formulate budgets and accelerate public spending to the frontlines. During the session, “Public Financial […]


Strengthening Capacity for Strategic Purchasing

15 April 2021

On January 13, 2021, staff from ThinkWell’s Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) project participated in HSR2020 session, “Strengthening Capacity for Strategic Purchasing.” The session’s purpose was to share the latest research and best practices in strategic purchasing. At its core, strategic purchasing is about improving how ministries of health and government health insurance […]

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How much does it cost to deliver COVID vaccine in low- and middle-income countries? $1.66 per dose

11 February 2021

In April 2020, COVAX was launched to help ensure that “people in all corners of the world will get access to COVID-19 vaccines once they are available, regardless of their wealth.” With around 190 participating countries, the COVAX Facility is a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Through the […]

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Rolling Out Free Family Planning in Burkina Faso is Improving Choice, But Who Will Pay?

20 January 2021

This post originally appeared on Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters La version Française est ci-dessous Despite many competing challenges, the Government of Burkina Faso continues to demonstrate its commitment to sexual and reproductive health rights. In July 2020, Burkina’s Ministry of Health (MoH) moved to improve equity and access to family planning (FP) by extending […]

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Presenting Research at the Annual Scientific Forum of the Indonesian Public Health Association

08 December 2020

Written by Prastuti Soewondo, Halimah Mardani, and Nadhila Adani ThinkWell’s Indonesia team presented research findings from three studies at the Annual Scientific Forum of the Indonesian Public Health Association on November 24-26, 2020. The conference was conducted by the Indonesian Public Health Association, Ministry for National Development and Planning, UNFPA, and Faculty of Public Health […]


Ten Take-Aways from the Health Systems Research (HSR2020) Symposium

20 November 2020

At the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020) from November 7-12, ThinkWell joined over 2,000 policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from more than 100 countries to “explore how we can build health systems which improve people’s health and are socially just.” Some of our Kenya, Burkina Faso, Philippines and US-based staff shared their take-aways […]

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Health system adaptation to climate change: a perspective from Antique, Philippines

18 November 2020

Written by Geminn Louis Apostol, Jemar Anne Sigua, Mary Camille Samson, and Leonicio Abiera Jr. UPDATE: The presentation can be viewed here. The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 ranked the Philippines second on its list of countries most affected by extreme weather events related to climate change in 2018. Building health system resilience in the […]

Immunization campaigns during the Covid-19 pandemic: A rapid analysis of the additional operational cost

08 July 2020

The below content is presented as a poster at the Virtual COVID-19 Conference on July 10-11, 2020. It was prepared by Christina Banks and Laura Boonstoppel. This work was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Background Most mass immunization campaigns have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic Precautionary measures will need to […]

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Primary care for HIV positive patients in Mozambique: Findings from a nation-wide time and motion study

06 July 2020

The below content is presented as a poster at the AIDS2020 virtual conference on July 6-10, 2020.  It can be viewed on the AIDS2020 website here. The poster was prepared by Flavia Moi, Federica Fabozzi, Michela Romanelli, and Jorge Cabral.  Background With an estimated 2.2 million people living with HIV—for a prevalence of 12.6% among […]

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