SP4PHC Presenting at HSR2022

28 October 2022

We’re thrilled to announce that ThinkWell’s Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) team will be participating in the Seventh Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2022) from October 31 to November 4, 2022. SP4PHC will be leading several oral presentations, as well as satellite and poster sessions. This conference will provide a forum for experts to discuss strategies and practices that will help combat global health challenges, and ThinkWell’s team will offer unique insights from health systems practices in several countries around the world.

At HSR2022, ThinkWell is slated to lead sessions that explore a variety of health financing and purchasing challenges in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and how we are supporting countries to address them to help them reach their goal of universal health coverage. The staff will also play a large role in the wider conference activities that feature discussion of timely health systems and policy issues, provide a marketplace to showcase the latest relevant research, and give a platform to connect with fellow practitioners and researchers in-person for the first time since before the pandemic.

Our team will be involved in several satellite sessions, including hosting one called “What keeps us from separating ends and means in health system reform?” in partnership with Results for Development (R4D), the Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and KEMRI Wellcome Trust Programme. Our Indonesia team will also be participating in a two-day satellite session led by the Technical Working Group on Private Sector in Health (PSIH).

Gelo Apostol will be leading an oral presentation sharing his team in Philippines’ work on untangling of the complex web of funding flows for FP. Anooj Pattnaik and Pura Angela Co will be leading a panel debate on how telemedicine can be better integrated into LMIC health systems since its prominence during COVID. Other SP4PHC team members will be sharing posters at HSR2022, including the Kenya team’s analysis of the performance of health programs like the Linda Mama Free Maternity Program and thorny PFM issues in Kenya’s decentralized health system and the Philippines team’s capturing how the government adjusted its health financing during COVID. Find more detail on these in the table below.

Click here to find out how you can attend HSR2022. We hope to see you next week!

Presentation Title Lead Author Abstract ID
How can governments use data to manage human resources for health more efficiently? Evidence from Kenya. Felix Murira 1582
Evaluating the Performance of Linda Mama Free Maternity Program and the Health Financing & Purchasing Landscape in Kakamega County Geredine Kandie 1495
Implementation of the Linda Mama free maternity program in Kenya: findings from Isiolo County Janet Keru 1664
Philippines local health systems and the Mandanas-Garcia ruling Rafael Deo F. Estanislao 1733
Policy gaps in managing solid and hazardous waste during the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives from the Philippines Gelo Apostol 1753
Primary Health Care in the Time of COVID-19 in the Provinces of Antique and Guimaras, Western Visayas, Philippines Lena Alvior 1746
Examining the application of public finance management (PFM) in the health sector within the context of devolution in Kenya Boniface Mbuthia 1341


Session Title Info Lead Author/Participants Abstract ID
Mapping the complex and multiple financing roles and expenditure flows for Family Planning (FP) in the Philippines: A nationwide study from 2018-2019 11/3/2022

Oral presentation


Level 3, Room J



Gelo Apostol 1752
Primary care in an increasingly virtual world: Integrating telemedicine into LMIC health 11/3/2022

Organized session


Level 3, Room N


Lead Author: Anooj Pattnaik


1. Dr. Regis Hitimana. Deputy Director General in Charge of Benefits, Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB)

2. Pura Angela Co, Country Director, ThinkWell Philippines

3. Alfonsius Pratama Timboel, Chief Product Officer, Halodoc in Indonesia

4. Lisa Ramon, Strategy, Planning and Management for Primary Health Care PST, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

5. Radha Karnad, Chief Medical Officer, HealthXAfrica

What keeps us from separating ends and means in health system reform? 10/31/2022


Level 3, Room LM


Agnes Munyua, R4D

Cheryl Cashin, R4D

Edwine Barasa, KEMRI Wellcome Trust

Gemini Mtei, Abt Associates

Grace Kabaniha, WHO

Hélène Barroy, WHO

Joe Kutzin, WHO

Nathaniel Otoo, R4D

Nirmala Ravishankar, ThinkWell

Octavio Gomez-Dantés, National Institute of Public Health

Rozita Halina Tun Hussein, Malaysia MOH

Scott Greer, University of Michigan

Susan Sparkes, WHO

Wangari Ng’ang’a, R4D


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