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COVID-19: How We’re Taking Action

30 March 2020

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

Dear ThinkWell community, The COVID-19 pandemic has rattled health systems and upended people’s lives around the globe. As the virus spreads into countries where we work, ThinkWell has mobilized to support COVID-19 response efforts. At the same time, we are dedicated to protecting our team’s safety and reducing the virus’s spread. In collaboration with local […]

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 […]

Solving Mozambique’s 90-second Health Check-ups with a Workload Tool

08 January 2020

Article by Leah Breen

In most Mozambican health facilities, patients’ time with health professionals is a scarce commodity. When a parent brings their child to a health facility for a “healthy child consultation,” the check-up lasts only 90 seconds on average. Mozambicans living with HIV can expect an outpatient consultation to last 10 minutes. When a woman gives birth […]

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 […]

Challenges Faced in Purchasing Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services in Indonesia, Kenya and the Philippines

30 July 2019

Article by Jennifer Deist

“PhilHealth offers neither a carrot nor stick approach to convince private midwives to provide family planning services,” shared Dr. Marife Yap, during a session at the 2019 iHEA World Congress in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Yap discussed the experience in the Philippines to expand access to family planning (FP) services by encouraging private providers to expand […]

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 […]

The Samya Rose Stumo Memorial Initiative for Universal Quality Healthcare

21 May 2019

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

Samya Stumo was an emerging leader in global health. As described by her family, “Samya was passionate about revolutionizing global health, especially reducing obstacles for women. She cared most about treating all people and patients as human beings, particularly in the context of their culture, family, and individuality. Samya was infectiously vibrant, intensely curious, and […]

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 […]

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