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Launch of COVID-19 vaccine delivery costing

01 December 2021

Low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) are standing at the beginning of an incredibly challenging vaccine roll-out. COVID-19 vaccine delivery poses unprecedented challenges in terms of delivery volume, reaching new target populations, diversity of delivery strategies, and sometimes complex product profiles—elements that must all be managed at rapid speed if effective coverage is to be achieved. […]

Financing of Public Health Facilities in Kenya’s Devolved System

29 November 2021

This piece originally appeared in P4H here. Written by Angela Kairu (Research Officer, KEMRI Wellcome Trust), Marissa Maggio (Communications Specialist, ThinkWell), Nirmala Ravishankar (Program Director, ThinkWell) and Edwine Barasa (Director, KEMRI Wellcome Trust). Public sector health care facilities are a major avenue for the delivery of key health interventions in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and, as such, […]

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Focus on campaign integration at the Second Annual Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition Meeting

28 October 2021

Nearly 200 attendees convened on October 19th and 20th for the Second Annual Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition Meeting. The goals of the meeting were to identify promising practices and build consensus around actions to foster learning, collaboration, and systems to effectively plan and implement campaigns to deliver health services to priority populations. More than 50 […]

Financing the Future: ThinkWell at the 7th InaHEA Biennial Scientific Meeting

25 October 2021

  On September 21, 2021, the USAID Health Financing Activity (HFA), which is implemented by ThinkWell, sponsored the 7th Indonesian Health Economics Association (InaHEA) Biennial Scientific Meeting. This three-day gathering of some of the greatest minds in health economics in Indonesia presented an opportunity for attendees not only to share ideas to optimize resources under […]

Moving Beyond COVID-19: The Path Towards Universal Health Care in the ASEAN Region

04 October 2021

Written by Pura Angela Wee-Co (Country Manager, ThinkWell), Ileana Vilcu (Program Manager, ThinkWell), and Marissa Maggio (Communications Specialist, ThinkWell) The COVID-19 pandemic has stifled nations across the globe in their pursuit for Universal Health Care (UHC)—and the countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are no exception. For many, the pandemic […]

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Public Financial Management (PFM) in a Pandemic: What Can the Experiences of Bangladesh and Indonesia During Their COVID-19 Response Teach Us About the Importance of PFM?

22 September 2021

This piece originally appeared in P4H here. Written by Shamima Akhter, Anooj Pattnaik, Callum Pierce, Afroja Yesmin, and Pak Trihono In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Helal, the manager of a busy health facility in Bangladesh’s sprawling capital city of Dhaka was faced with an unexpected challenge: how would he pay for […]

The Experts Weigh In: How to Get Governments to Prioritize Funding for Routine Immunization

22 September 2021

Written by Andrea Bare (Program Director, ThinkWell) and Martha Coe (Program Manager, ThinkWell) Routine immunization is not clearly and consistently prioritized—nor is it sufficiently funded—in many countries across the income spectrum. Yet, the evidence has spoken: the benefits of immunization are undeniable. Not only is immunization successful in warding off disease—it is also a cost-effective […]

What does it cost to implement a measles-rubella immunization campaign? New evidence from India and Sierra Leone

17 September 2021

A vaccination campaign requires significant resources over a short period of time. Unlike with routine immunization programs, where resource allocations can be fine-tuned over time, a campaign is a one-off opportunity to make an impact. Inadequate funding or late disbursements can derail a campaign completely, and a low-impact campaign may be a considerable waste of […]

ThinkWell at the 2021 InaHEA Biennial Scientific Meeting

20 September 2021

On September 21, 2021, the USAID Health Financing Activity (HFA), which is implemented by ThinkWell, will sponsor and host the 7th Indonesian Health Economics Association (InaHEA) Biennial Scientific Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to optimize resources to improve health outcomes, and in the face of new waves of COVID-19, this goal is of […]

Experts debate the challenges to securing sustainable immunization financing

27 August 2021

Immunization is universally recognized as one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, yet low investment in immunization programs and variable vaccination coverage rates suggest that something else might be going on behind the scenes. Why is investment in immunization not as strong and sustainable as possible, even in settings where resources are generally available? […]

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