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Instilling Trust and Mobilizing Resources: COVID-19 Challenges in Indonesia

04 June 2020

“The coronavirus spreads like wildfire, and thanks to us, it’s spreading now to other regions [of Indonesia]. Social distancing acts like the fire extinguisher, but it must be readily implemented in affected areas. It is the responsibility of regional government to provide the fire extinguisher for places in need. Question is: is government financially ready […]

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Towards a Shared Understanding of the Philippines’ Universal Healthcare Law and Its Opportunities and Challenges for the Private Sector

03 June 2020

Recognizing the critical yet untapped potential of the private sector in ensuring the health of Filipinos, the ThinkWell Philippines team helped to facilitate a session in the Private Sector in Public Health (PSPH) Monthly Series. The Series convenes stakeholders from the private sector to converse about pressing health system issues, explore innovative solutions, and influence […]

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The Puzzle of Indonesia’s Midwives and Health Insurance

29 May 2020

In Indonesia, private midwives face barriers to joining JKN, the country’s single-payer health insurance scheme. But there are solutions to breaking down the barriers. Check out ThinkWell’s video on those challenges and strategies to address the problems. Video by Analyst Meera Chakravarthy 

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A necessity, not a choice: the case for purchasing COVID-19 services from the private sector in Uganda

26 May 2020

This piece originally appeared on Health Systems Governance Collaborative. As country governments execute their COVID-19 response, the World Health Organization and other stakeholders have stressed the importance of engaging the private sector.  One critical part of that is purchasing health services from private providers, the case for which is strongest in places where private health facilities account for […]

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Now and forever: removing financial barriers to health services in Kenya

20 May 2020

This piece originally appeared on P4H The now: removing financial barriers to COVID 19 testing and services On May 1, the Kenyan Ministry of Health rolled out free testing for COVID 19 in Nairobi and other areas with disease hotspots. Two days later, the Ministry noted in dismay that the turnout for free testing was much lower than […]

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Coherent health financing for the COVID-19 response: a perspective from the Philippines

15 May 2020

This piece originally appeared on P4H here Written by Christian Edward L. Nuevo (ThinkWell, Philippines) with Pura Angela Wee Co (ThinkWell, Philippines), Maria Eufemia C. Yap (ThinkWell, Philippines), and Nirmala Ravishankar (ThinkWell, USA) MAKING PURCHASING FIT FOR PURPOSE In the Philippines, the COVID-19 response has called for rapid adaptation of purchasing arrangements. In early 2019, the Philippines passed a Universal Health Care […]

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There is a global pandemic – and we still lack fuel and airtime?

06 May 2020

This piece originally appeared on P4H Governments around the world are scrambling to get their hands on personal protective equipment, test kits, ventilators and oxygen. But on the frontlines of service delivery in Kenya, we are also hearing about local health officials and facility managers needing money for more mundane things like fuel for ambulances and airtime […]

Beyond COVID-19: Bridging Divides Between Health and Food Systems

05 May 2020

Now more than ever, the spotlight is shining on the entrenched relationship between health and food. The COVID-19 pandemic has moved dozens of health systems to the brink in low-, middle- and even in high-income countries, and threatens to undermine food systems around the world. If more corrective action is not taken, we are at […]

Is Money Motivating More C-sections?

04 May 2020

“The cord might be around her neck, so we will need to schedule a C-section. How does next Wednesday sound?” My obstetrician smiled reassuringly. It was 1992 in Brazil. My first C-section. Not medically necessary I’ve come to learn. Brazil offers a cautionary tale of C-section rates over 50% of all births, well above the […]

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Improving Liberia’s Health System and Health Outcomes

21 April 2020

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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