Thoughts & Opinions

Revamping the COVID-19 Financing System in Indonesia

20 September 2023

How USAID HFA assisted the Government of Indonesia in improving COVID-19 health financing efficiency. For more than three years, citizens and governments around the world have endured COVID-19. It has posed a unique challenge to national governments to rebalance the three dimensions of everyday life that it most impacts: economy, society, and health. In the […]

Launch of COVID-19 vaccine delivery costing

01 December 2021

Low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) are standing at the beginning of an incredibly challenging vaccine roll-out. COVID-19 vaccine delivery poses unprecedented challenges in terms of delivery volume, reaching new target populations, diversity of delivery strategies, and sometimes complex product profiles—elements that must all be managed at rapid speed if effective coverage is to be achieved. […]

Moving Beyond COVID-19: The Path Towards Universal Health Care in the ASEAN Region

04 October 2021

Written by Pura Angela Wee-Co (Country Manager, ThinkWell), Ileana Vilcu (Program Manager, ThinkWell), and Marissa Maggio (Communications Specialist, ThinkWell) The COVID-19 pandemic has stifled nations across the globe in their pursuit for Universal Health Care (UHC)—and the countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are no exception. For many, the pandemic […]


Public Financial Management (PFM) in a Pandemic: What Can the Experiences of Bangladesh and Indonesia During Their COVID-19 Response Teach Us About the Importance of PFM?

22 September 2021

This piece originally appeared in P4H here. Written by Shamima Akhter, Anooj Pattnaik, Callum Pierce, Afroja Yesmin, and Pak Trihono In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Helal, the manager of a busy health facility in Bangladesh’s sprawling capital city of Dhaka was faced with an unexpected challenge: how would he pay for […]

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Reflecting on Life in the Philippines During the Pandemic

18 March 2021

A year after the Covid-19 crisis really took hold in the Philippines, we sat down with Technical Advisor Helena Alvior, who supports ThinkWell’s Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care project, to chat about what life has been like for her and other Filipinos over the past 12 months. How has life changed over the past year for […]

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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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Now’s the Time to Invest in Sustainable Immunization Financing

10 February 2021

What’s one of the greatest public health investments but is often underfunded? Immunization. “[Immunization] programs are a victim of their own success. The expanded program for immunization started in the 1970s around the world…and today, in most parts of the world, a lot of diseases [such as diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, and tuberculosis] aren’t […]

Bridging the Digital Divide: Early Reflections in Scaling Up Telemedicine in the Philippines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

03 February 2021

This piece originally appeared on Health Systems Governance Collaborative here Written by Bernardo II Cielo (De La Salle University), Pura Angela Wee-Co (Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care, ThinkWell), Aliyah Evangelista (Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service, Department of Health Philippines), Maria Eufemia Yap (Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care, ThinkWell), and Matt Boxshall (Strategic […]

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Lessons from Rapid Implementation: How the revamped system to purchase Covid services in Indonesia affected its hospitals

17 December 2020

This piece originally appeared on P4H here Written by Ryan Rachmad Nugraha, Anooj Pattnaik, Catherine Connor, Hasbullah Thabrany The spread of Covid-19 around the world has provided a litmus test on the strength and resilience of every country’s health system. Indonesia has been no exception. As of November 6, 2020, there have been 421,731 positive […]

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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 […]