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USAID Launches Innovative Tool to Benchmark Health Systems

Cover photo: HSBT
“It is the ability to benchmark across countries, adjust variables, and produce data for planning, that transforms our ability to understand health systems,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, at the recent launch of USAID’s Health Systems Benchmarking Tool. Unlike other web-based tools, the HSBT is intended for use in the field. It can be easily downloaded and is not reliant on Wi-Fi or large bandwidth. Download the tool...

Côte d’Ivoire: Stronger Health Governance to Fight Emerging Health Emergencies

Man interviews woman for questionnaire.
Poor governance has been cited as both the cause and effect of weak health systems, and corruption is seen as a major deterrent to people using the health system. Côte d’Ivoire’s Institut National d’Hygiène Publique coordinates the country’s Ebola response and oversees the prevention, detection, and response to other emerging disease threats. Recently, INHP and the Ministry of Health identified financial control and audit tools as critical components in health emergency preparedness. Learn more...

Partnership to Mobilize Local Financing for Maternal, Child Health in Cameroon

 Mr. Matthew Smith, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Cameroon and Ms. Gwendoline Abunaw from Ecobank.
Recently, the U.S. Government and Ecobank Cameroon SA announced a new partnership that will mobilize up to U.S. $3.7 million of local financing over eight years for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) working in the health sector in Cameroon. Financing will be made available via loans to health SMEs which provide family planning, reproductive health and maternal/child health services or products. Read more...
Training on Decentralization in the Health Sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo
From May 30 to June 3, 2016, HFG co-hosted the International Course on Decentralization in the Health Sector in Kinshasa, DRC, for over 80 stakeholders. The overall objective of the course was to improve understanding of decentralization and its implications for the health sector, as well as to improve knowledge and skills in the implementation of ongoing health sector reform. Read more...
Setting the Stage for Health Care Financing Reforms in Four Nigerian States
In collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, National Health Insurance Scheme, and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, HFG hosted a workshop on health care financing last month. Aimed at preparing implementers and stakeholders in four HFG-supported states to undertake health care financing reforms as part of the larger push for UHC, through the implementation of State Health Insurance Schemes, the workshop also helped set the stage for building legal, institutional, and policy frameworks for supporting these reforms. Lean more...
How Can Health Accounts Inform Health Sector Investments? Lessons from Country Applications
HFG's latest technical briefing webinar centered on the topic of resource tracking. Technical experts Karishmah Bhuwanee, Heather Cogswell, and Tesfaye Ashagari used country examples to demonstrate how Health Accounts have been (and can be) used to inform national health financing decisions. The full presentation and webinar recording are now available. View resources...
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Jocelyne Nkongolo
 
"Effective governance can contribute to strengthening health systems when the standards and rules established to ensure management and decision-making are aligned with greater clarity and transparency."
 
In a recent interview, HFG's Jocelyne Nkongolo talks about her work as Chief of Party for our program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recent successes, and more. Read the interview →
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