Thoughts & Opinions

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

26 October 2020

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 […]

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

15 October 2020

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

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

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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Responding to Covid-19 in Kenya: Actions and Lessons

10 September 2020

Written by Leah Breen In early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caught Kenya off guard, like it did every country. The novel virus meant that the government had to quickly develop their Covid-19 response plan and budget. In the face of the evolving pandemic, translating the plan into action has posed an array of challenges. The […]

Harnessing Public-Private Partnership for Expanded COVID-19 Testing in the Philippines

01 August 2020

This blog originally appeared on Health Systems Governance Collaborative A slow start for the Philippines Detection is critical in managing and controlling the spread of any pandemic as it determines the consequent strategies to arrest its further spread. After managing the first three cases confirmed in the end of January 2020, the Philippines was blindsided after local […]

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What if Kenya approached UHC the same way it is handling COVID-19?

21 July 2020

This blog originally appeared on Health Systems Governance Collaborative COVID-19 has thrown existing health system weaknesses in Kenya into sharper relief; for example, analysis of facility data showed that only 22 out of the country’s 47 counties had any ventilators at the start of the pandemic. While the Government’s handling of COVID-19 has elicited its share of criticism and push […]

Estimates from Tanzania and Indonesia on the cost of adjusting routine immunization outreach strategies due to COVID-19

20 July 2020

Preliminary data from the current COVID-19 pandemic indicate that immunization coverage rates are declining during the outbreak, likely due to the additional burden on the health system and to communities’ reluctance to visit health facilities. To prevent an increase in vaccine-preventable disease mortality and morbidity, countries need to rethink current immunization strategies to keep coverage […]


How Might COVID-19 Affect the Cost of Providing Immunization?

16 July 2020

The Learning Network for Countries in Transition (LNCT) is a country-driven network dedicated to peer learning to support countries as they transition away from Gavi support to full domestic financing of their national immunization programs. In many LNCT and other low- and middle- income countries, immunization service provision has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 […]

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 […]