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Burkina Faso Health Financing

Never let a crisis go to waste: Is COVID-19 an opportunity to align health financing systems in Burkina Faso?

23 June 2020

Article by Matt Boxshall

This piece originally appeared on P4H The COVID-19 crisis offers Burkina Faso the chance to land on a more coherent approach to health financing. All sights are trained on the health system right now because of the COVID-19 crisis, and within the COVID-19 response lies Burkina Faso’s best chance at addressing fragmentation in health financing. In […]

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Bolstering the Coronavirus Response in the Philippines

11 June 2020

Written by Leah Breen On January 30, the Philippines reported its first coronavirus case. Fast forward 38 days and the government declared a state of emergency on March 9. Soon afterwards, ThinkWell’s Philippines team dove headfirst into tackling the challenges as the pandemic swept through the country. Scaling-up testing capacity In January and February, the […]

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Six Ways Countries Can Prepare for Tomorrow’s Pandemic Today

10 June 2020

Written by Leah Breen Five months into the coronavirus crisis, the pandemic has permeated nearly all corners of the globe. Everywhere, Covid-19’s impact is exposing gaps in health systems’ capacity to ensure that people can access high-quality, affordable care. In low and middle-income countries (LMICs) with limited healthcare capacity, crowded living conditions, and inadequate access […]

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UPDATE: The additional operational cost of conducting immunization campaigns during the Covid-19 pandemic

09 June 2020

Article by Laura Boonstoppel

Note: This is an update of a post that was published on the 15th of May. This update reflects newly published guidance from WHO on the implementation of campaigns in the context of COVID-19. Many immunization campaigns have been suspended to prevent increased COVID-19 transmission, but some campaigns will nevertheless need to go ahead, with […]

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Scaling Up Capacity for COVID-19 Testing in the Philippines

08 June 2020

Article by Jemar Sigua

This post was originally published in BMJ Global Health Four months since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Philippines, the number of cases has risen into the thousands. Testing capacity has expanded rapidly, but testing continues to limit the Philippines response. The Philippines has adopted a “whole of government, whole of society” approach to address […]

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Instilling Trust and Mobilizing Resources: COVID-19 Challenges in Indonesia

04 June 2020

“The coronavirus spreads like wildfire, and thanks to us, it’s spreading now to other regions [of Indonesia]. Social distancing acts like the fire extinguisher, but it must be readily implemented in affected areas. It is the responsibility of regional government to provide the fire extinguisher for places in need. Question is: is government financially ready […]

Uganda health financing

A necessity, not a choice: the case for purchasing COVID-19 services from the private sector in Uganda

26 May 2020

Article by Anooj Pattnaik

This piece originally appeared on Health Systems Governance Collaborative. As country governments execute their COVID-19 response, the World Health Organization and other stakeholders have stressed the importance of engaging the private sector.  One critical part of that is purchasing health services from private providers, the case for which is strongest in places where private health facilities account for […]

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Now and forever: removing financial barriers to health services in Kenya

20 May 2020

Article by Nirmala Ravishankar

This piece originally appeared on P4H The now: removing financial barriers to COVID 19 testing and services On May 1, the Kenyan Ministry of Health rolled out free testing for COVID 19 in Nairobi and other areas with disease hotspots. Two days later, the Ministry noted in dismay that the turnout for free testing was much lower than […]

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Coherent health financing for the COVID-19 response: a perspective from the Philippines

15 May 2020

This piece originally appeared on P4H here Written by Christian Edward L. Nuevo (ThinkWell, Philippines) with Pura Angela Wee Co (ThinkWell, Philippines), Maria Eufemia C. Yap (ThinkWell, Philippines), and Nirmala Ravishankar (ThinkWell, USA) MAKING PURCHASING FIT FOR PURPOSE In the Philippines, the COVID-19 response has called for rapid adaptation of purchasing arrangements. In early 2019, the Philippines passed a Universal Health Care […]

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There is a global pandemic – and we still lack fuel and airtime?

06 May 2020

Article by Nirmala Ravishankar

This piece originally appeared on P4H Governments around the world are scrambling to get their hands on personal protective equipment, test kits, ventilators and oxygen. But on the frontlines of service delivery in Kenya, we are also hearing about local health officials and facility managers needing money for more mundane things like fuel for ambulances and airtime […]

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