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Volunteering to Fight Covid-19 in the Philippines

26 June 2020

Article by Leah Breen

Taking action to fight the coronavirus reaches beyond the workday for ThinkWell’s Philippines team. On the side, they’re volunteering their expertise in these six ways: Matching health workers to health facilities: When coronavirus cases started spreading through the Philippines, Administrative and Finance Coordinator Susan Rosales stepped in to help. As a volunteer, she provided administrative […]

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Bolstering the Coronavirus Response in the Philippines

11 June 2020

Article by Leah Breen

On January 30, the Philippines reported its first coronavirus case. Fast forward 38 days and the government declared a state of emergency on March 9. Soon afterwards, ThinkWell’s Philippines team dove headfirst into tackling the challenges as the pandemic swept through the country. Scaling-up testing capacity In January and February, the country had a single […]

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Six Ways Countries Can Prepare for Tomorrow’s Pandemic Today

10 June 2020

Article by Leah Breen

Five months into the coronavirus crisis, the pandemic has permeated nearly all corners of the globe. Everywhere, Covid-19’s impact is exposing gaps in health systems’ capacity to ensure that people can access high-quality, affordable care. In low and middle-income countries (LMICs) with limited healthcare capacity, crowded living conditions, and inadequate access to sanitation resources, people […]

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Improving Liberia’s Health System and Health Outcomes

21 April 2020

Article by Leah Breen

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded Jhpiego a $20 million contract for the Strategic Technical Assistance for Improved Health System Performance and Health Outcomes Activity (STAIP) project in Liberia. ThinkWell is a member of Jhpiego’s project consortium. The four-year project has three main objectives: Strengthen the management capacity of county health teams and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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