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Helping researchers to cost immunization campaigns through methodological guidance

24 May 2022

Immunization campaigns are a vital delivery strategy to improve coverage and decrease morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases. Campaigns are used frequently to administer a variety of lifesaving vaccines such as measles, cholera, yellow fever, and Covid-19. Immunization campaigns require significant resources over a short period of time. Inadequate funding can decrease a campaign’s effectiveness, […]

What’s on the Table? Rapid Landscape Review of Challenges to Successful Engagement of Private Family Planning Providers in Public Purchasing Schemes

19 May 2022

This piece originally appeared on MOMENTUM, USAID here. MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery is supporting and strengthening private sector providers’ capacity to sustainably integrate and participate in public purchasing programs, including for family planning services. Led by ThinkWell, MOMENTUM has conducted a rapid landscape review that identifies the common barriers for private providers when engaging in […]

Universal health coverage: how public and private stakeholders can get us there faster

04 May 2022

“To achieve and sustain access to quality primary health care services for all consumers, our health system needs to engage, optimize, and mobilize both the public and private sectors to provide primary health care services.”  —Kenneth Ronquillo, Assistant Secretary Department of Health Our team in the Philippines held a forum that brought together public and […]

World Immunization Week 2022: What immunization means for #LongLifeforAll

02 May 2022

Since 2011, ThinkWell has expanded access to high quality health services to underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries by addressing health system challenges that rarely get the attention they need. Universal health coverage lies at the center of our work, and while there are hundreds of initiatives to address hundreds more health issues, diseases, […]

WHO announces a single-dose HPV vaccine: But the fight to eliminate cervical cancer doesn’t end there

28 April 2022

After a three-day convention, the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization announced that a single-dose schedule for the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) “offers solid protection against cervical cancer.”  This is a major development in the global movement to eliminate cervical cancer, which plagues women in low- and middle-income countries […]

Investing in women and girls: Cervical cancer elimination as a country priority for both UHC and economic development

07 April 2022

Written by Andrea Bare (Program Director, ThinkWell) According to the World Health Organization (WHO), universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. Cervical cancer elimination is one of countless areas to be addressed through UHC, but noteworthy given […]

Newly released report on the cost of conducting immunization campaigns in Nigeria

22 March 2022

Following on from studies conducted in India and Sierra Leone, the ICAN team released the report of the campaign costing study conducted in Nigeria as part of efforts to standardize campaign costing.  The study in Nigeria aimed to estimate the delivery cost of the yellow fever campaigns in Anambra, Katsina, and Rivers states, with Meningitis […]

Integrated campaigns: Implications for cost and policy

17 March 2022

As part of efforts through ICAN to standardize campaign costing, the team has released a policy brief with findings from three costing studies of immunization campaigns conducted in India, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Two of these campaigns were integrated (more than one intervention was delivered), a mode of delivery that is more of a priority […]

Experts Agree: Improving Kenya’s Maternal Health Policy Will Help Achieve Universal Health Coverage

08 December 2021

Written by Marissa Maggio (Communications Specialist, ThinkWell), Anne Musuva (Country Director, ThinkWell Kenya), and Nirmala Ravishankar (Program Director, ThinkWell) Kenya’s health system has evolved significantly over the past decade; however, one goal remains unchanged—achieving universal health coverage (UHC), the guarantee that every Kenyan has affordable, equitable access to the highest attainable standard of health. And […]

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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. […]

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