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Getting to Know our Team in the Philippines

25 February 2021

Article by Leah Breen

Across the world, ThinkWell staff are moving the needle on improving health and well-being around the globe. We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some of our staff in our offices, starting with conversations with members of our Philippines team. Maria (Marife) Eufemia Yap, Senior Technical Advisor What was your life like […]

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Now’s the Time to Invest in Sustainable Immunization Financing

10 February 2021

Article by Leah Breen

What’s one of the greatest public health investments but is often underfunded? Immunization. “[Immunization] programs are a victim of their own success. The expanded program for immunization started in the 1970s around the world…and today, in most parts of the world, a lot of diseases [such as diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, and tuberculosis] aren’t […]

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HSR2020 Satellite Session: Strengthening Capacity for Strategic Purchasing

10 December 2020

Article by Leah Breen

ThinkWell is thrilled to participate in the HSR2020 satellite session “Strengthening Capacity for Strategic Purchasing.” Access the full details on this session here.

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Ten Take-Aways from the Health Systems Research (HSR2020) Symposium

20 November 2020

Article by Leah Breen

At the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020) from November 7-12, ThinkWell joined over 2,000 policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from more than 100 countries to “explore how we can build health systems which improve people’s health and are socially just.” Some of our Kenya, Burkina Faso, Philippines and US-based staff shared their take-aways […]

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ThinkWell at HSR2020!

30 October 2020

Article by Leah Breen

ThinkWell is pleased to virtually join over 2,000 policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from more than 100 countries at the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020) from November 8-12, 2020. This year, the gathering aims to, “explore how we can build health systems which improve people’s health and are socially just.” We’re thrilled that […]

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Responding to Covid-19 in Kenya: Actions and Lessons

10 September 2020

Article by Leah Breen

In early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caught Kenya off guard, like it did every country. The novel virus meant that the government had to quickly develop their Covid-19 response plan and budget. In the face of the evolving pandemic, translating the plan into action has posed an array of challenges. The government has had to […]

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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