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ICAN Releases New Immunization Delivery Costs and Country Studies

17 March 2020

Article by Annette Ozaltin

MARCH 19, 2020 – The Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) added over 50% more cost data to the Immunization Delivery Cost Catalogue (IDCC). In addition, ICAN’s member countries – Indonesia, Tanzania, and Vietnam – released cost evidence to address challenges at the top of each country’s immunization financing agenda. The systematic review behind the IDCC […]

Strengthening Evidence Around Funding Flows to Health Care Providers

03 February 2020

Article by Leah Breen

When a pregnant woman in Kenya or a child with fever in Indonesia visits a clinic, a purchasing agency will pay a health provider for the services the patient receives. For a single service, funds often flow from different purchasing agencies to health providers through a mix of payments. Many countries are trying to change […]

ICAN Presents Latest Research on Immunization Delivery Costing at the 2019 iHEA World Congress

02 August 2019

Article by Jennifer Deist

The Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) participated in a number of sessions during the 2019 iHEA World Congress in Basel, Switzerland. The ICAN, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working to increase the visibility, availability, understanding, and use of evidence on the cost of delivering vaccines. ICAN’s main Congress session showcased the […]

ThinkWell at the 2019 iHEA World Congress

25 June 2019

Article by Jennifer Deist

ThinkWell will be hosting sessions at the 2019 iHEA World Congress in Basel, Switzerland, July 13-17, showcasing work from the Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) and Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) program. Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care Many low and middle-income countries are embracing national health insurance and other government financing schemes […]

ThinkWell Awarded $14.9 million USAID Contract to Support Sustainable Health Financing in Indonesia

09 May 2019

Article by Jennifer Deist

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $14.9 million contract to ThinkWell to implement “Sustainable Financing for a Healthy Indonesia,” a bold, innovative project in Indonesia focused on sustainable health financing and strategic health purchasing over five years. In keeping with ThinkWell’s mission, the goal is to ensure Indonesia’s health system […]

Using Financing to Improve Tuberculosis Outcomes for Private Sector Patients

29 April 2019

Despite widespread use of private providers for the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB), the quality of care in the private sector is hindering efforts to improve TB outcomes. TB remains the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, and efforts to drive improvements have been largely focused on the public sector. Across the top 30 […]

WHO Webinar Series: Leveraging Public Financial Management for Better Health

16 April 2019

Article by Ileana Vilcu

How can budgets be reformed to facilitate progress towards UHC? If you want to learn more on improving budget formulation, execution, and reporting in health, please join the new WHO six-part webinar series on Leveraging Public Financial Management for Better Health. The webinar series, facilitated by ThinkWell, will be conducted from May to November 2019, […]

Beware of the Success Cartel: A Plea for Rational Progress in Global Health

22 January 2019

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was originally published November 2018 in BMJ Global Health. By setting ambitious targets, the global health community has played a pivotal role in motivating the world to achieve remarkable improvements in health. Over 21 million additional lives were estimated to have been saved due to the accelerated progress promoted by the Millennium Development […]

ICAN Expands Set of Immunization Delivery Unit Costs

13 September 2018

ThinkWell’s Immunization Costing Action Network (ICAN) has launched an expansion of the Immunization Delivery Cost Catalogue (IDCC) to include 30 additional unit costs from nine recently published articles/reports. The unit costs include data from nine countries: Benin, Bhutan, Chad, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Thailand, Togo and Vietnam. The new data covers health facility, school-based and campaign […]

Pragmatism, Not Ideology, Must Drive Health Systems Development

09 March 2018

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was published on Health Affairs Blog on March 9, 2018. For nearly two decades, donors, policy makers, and public health practitioners have lauded performance-based financing (PBF) as a solution to strengthen health services and accelerate progress toward reaching global health targets. PBF links health care provider payments to the achievement of predefined indicators […]

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