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Lena Alvior

Reflecting on Life in the Philippines During the Pandemic

18 March 2021

Article by Leah Breen

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 […]

Covid vaccine cost

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

11 February 2021

Article by Laura Boonstoppel

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 […]

Covid vaccine immunization

Now’s the Time to Invest in Sustainable Immunization Financing

10 February 2021

Article by Leah Breen

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

Article by Pura Angela Wee-Co

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 […]

covid indonesia

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

17 December 2020

Article by Ryan Nugraha

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 […]

If you’re not ready, you need to adapt: Lessons for managing public finances from the COVID-19 response

26 October 2020

Article by Nirmala Ravishankar

This piece originally appeared on P4H here Written by Hélène Barroy, Federica Margini, Joseph Kutzin (World Health Organization), Nirmala Ravishankar  (ThinkWell), Moritz Piatti-Fünfkirchen (World Bank Group), Srinivas Gurazada (PEFA), Chris James (OECD) COVID-19 has been a well-recognized stress test for public financial management (PFM) systems in most countries. It exposed the overall weaknesses of PFM systems across countries […]

Stop The Spread

Good Governance and Multi-Sectoral Synergy for Pandemic Response in Western Visayas, Philippines

15 October 2020

Article by Helena Alvior

This article originally appeared in Health Systems Governance Collaborative here Our current situation – living through the COVID-19 pandemic – highlights the critical role of local governments in securing the health of communities. Since the confirmation of the Philippines’ first COVID-19 case last January 30, 2020, the disease has heavily strained the health system of the country. The […]

Translating expert opinion to effective health governance and evidence-based decision-making for Covid-19

15 October 2020

Article by Christian (Ian) Nuevo

This article originally appeared in Health Systems Governance Collaborative here Expanding technical capacity When Covid-19 hit the Philippines last January 2020, a lot of the science behind the disease response was still unknown. Testing was prioritized, and the Department of Health (DOH) grappled with increasing the number of capable testing laboratories and personnel, whilst balancing proper […]

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Leveraging the strengths of a mixed purchasing system for Covid-19: a perspective from Indonesia

06 October 2020

Article by Anooj Pattnaik

This piece originally appeared on P4H here Written by: Anooj Pattnaik, Deputy Director for Learning; Prastuti Soewondo, Country Director, ThinkWell Indonesia; and Nadhila Adani, Analyst, ThinkWell Indonesia Purchasing of health services during normal times is rarely done by a single entity. Rather, there are usually many different purchasers in a country’s health system, from ministries of health, subnational governments to national […]

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