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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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How much does it cost to deliver COVID vaccine in low- and middle-income countries? $1.66 per dose

11 February 2021

Article by Laura Boonstoppel

In April 2020, COVAX was launched to help ensure that “people in all corners of the world will get access to COVID-19 vaccines once they are available, regardless of their wealth.” With around 190 participating countries, the COVAX Facility is a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Through the […]

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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 […]

Bridging the Digital Divide: Early Reflections in Scaling Up Telemedicine in the Philippines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

03 February 2021

Article by Pura Angela Wee-Co

This piece originally appeared on Health Systems Governance Collaborative here Written by Bernardo II Cielo (De La Salle University), Pura Angela Wee-Co (Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care, ThinkWell), Aliyah Evangelista (Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service, Department of Health Philippines), Maria Eufemia Yap (Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care, ThinkWell), and Matt Boxshall (Strategic […]

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Rolling Out Free Family Planning in Burkina Faso is Improving Choice, But Who Will Pay?

20 January 2021

Article by Matt Boxshall

This post originally appeared on Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters La version Française est ci-dessous Despite many competing challenges, the Government of Burkina Faso continues to demonstrate its commitment to sexual and reproductive health rights. In July 2020, Burkina’s Ministry of Health (MoH) moved to improve equity and access to family planning (FP) by extending […]

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Lessons from Rapid Implementation: How the revamped system to purchase Covid services in Indonesia affected its hospitals

17 December 2020

Article by Ryan Nugraha

This piece originally appeared on P4H here Written by Ryan Rachmad Nugraha, Anooj Pattnaik, Catherine Connor, Hasbullah Thabrany The spread of Covid-19 around the world has provided a litmus test on the strength and resilience of every country’s health system. Indonesia has been no exception. As of November 6, 2020, there have been 421,731 positive […]

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Presenting Research at the Annual Scientific Forum of the Indonesian Public Health Association

08 December 2020

Written by Prastuti Soewondo, Halimah Mardani, and Nadhila Adani ThinkWell’s Indonesia team presented research findings from three studies at the Annual Scientific Forum of the Indonesian Public Health Association on November 24-26, 2020. The conference was conducted by the Indonesian Public Health Association, Ministry for National Development and Planning, UNFPA, and Faculty of Public Health […]

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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.


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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Health system adaptation to climate change: a perspective from Antique, Philippines

18 November 2020

Article by Gelo Apostol

Written by Geminn Louis Apostol, Jemar Anne Sigua, Mary Camille Samson, and Leonicio Abiera Jr. UPDATE: The presentation can be viewed here. The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 ranked the Philippines second on its list of countries most affected by extreme weather events related to climate change in 2018. Building health system resilience in the […]

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