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Health Accounts Findings Sharpen Focus on UHC in Haryana, India

Launch of the Haryana Health Accounts report by state health leadership. Left to Right: Dr. Rashmi Kukreja, Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, Sh. Rajan K. Gupta, Dr. Kamla Singh, Dr. Sonia Trikha.
Effective decision-making, and evidence-based strategies about how much, and where, to allocate public health funds, is critical to progress toward universal health coverage. But policymakers in Haryana, India, have limited access to information about fund flows. With this in mind, the Government of Haryana carried out its first-ever state-level Health Accounts exercise for financial year 2014/15. Findings on how much is being spent on health, where, and by whom, will allow policymakers to make more informed decisions on spending resources and advocate for greater political commitment to public sector financing. Read more →

Supporting Guinea’s Post-Ebola Recovery: Health Sector Oversight by Parliament

Bandian Neiba Condé, Health Commission rapporteur.
HFG is working with Guinea's Ministry of Health and its partners to build a more transparent, efficient health system, focusing on governance and institutional strengthening. An important partner is the Health Commission of the National Assembly. HFG facilitated workshops for members of the Commission to aid them in better understanding the national health budget and its implications for the health system. As representatives of the regions and communities most affected by challenges in the health system, members of the National Assembly are an important part of the solution. Learn more→

Interview: Building Equity, Sustainability into Vietnam’s HIV and AIDS Programs

Video Still: Dr. Tham Chi Dung
Vietnam is working to develop viable solutions for sustaining HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services in response to expected declines in donor funding. One priority is the integration of single-function HIV outpatient clinics into the public health care system, an objective HFG is working on with the Ministry of Health. HFG met with Dr. Tham Chi Dung of the Vietnam Ministry of Health’s Department of Planning and Finance to discuss the progress made so far. See the interview→
Bangladesh Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage
In January, HFG co-organized a Bangladesh-focused flagship course to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to analyze health policy and health system performance issues, in the context of UHC. HFG partnered with the Health Economics Unit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, to offer the course. The course is part of a USAID-supported effort in Bangladesh to raise national awareness of UHC through various forms of communication. Read the full recap→
37th IASP Conference in India: Making a Case for Enhanced Health Information System Data Use
Seeking to generate wider understanding and use of the data provided by India’s Health Management Information System (HMIS), HFG conducted a plenary session at the 37th annual conference of the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP), in New Delhi in December. Panelists highlighted the potential utility of HMIS as a rich data resource, and the role of regular assessments in ensuring data quality. Learn more→
In Nigeria’s Cross River and Rivers States: Working to Bridge the Gap between Evidence, Policy, and Practice
HFG organized evidence synthesis workshops for Nigeria’s Cross River and Rivers states in January to pull together the findings from several health financing core diagnostic analyses conducted to assess the health financing landscape. The meetings provided a space for state actors and policymakers at the national and state levels to dialogue on the findings, before deciding on recommendations for action. Learn more→
Headshot: Dr. Boko
Desire Boko
"“Being proactive at the health systems level is essential to the improvement of the population’s health status”"

In an interview, HFG's Haiti Chief of Party, Dr. Désiré Boko talks about his team’s dynamic work, his passion for health systems strengthening, and the importance of public-private partnerships.Read the full interview!


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