Year: 2021

COVID-19 Response in Benin: Lessons Learnt From Control Measures Taken

Background From cholera to the Black Death to the Spanish Flu, these pandemics have shaken entire continents on more than one occasion[1]. Like these epidemics, Coronavirus burst onto the scene in 2019, killing more than 3.9 million people worldwide as of June 2021 ([2], straining government finances, the health system ultimately establishing the health system […]

Applying Strategic Health Purchasing Principles in COVID-19 Response: Benin Case Study

Background Strategic purchasing means “active, evidence-based decisions in defining the service mix and volume and selecting the provider-mix to maximize societal objectives” [1]. Improving purchasing is central to improving health system performance and making progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). The COVID-19 pandemic response is a timely opportunity to assess countries’ use of strategic health […]

The Fight Against COVID-19 In Cameroon: An Analysis Of Strategic Purchasing Efforts In Response To The Pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 30 January 2021. Since then, the total number of COVID-19 cases has continued to increase at an alarming rate in several countries worldwide. After confirmation of the first cases, Cameroon launched the Incident Management System (IMS). […]

Reflections on the Accreditation Process in Uganda for Purchasing Health Services Under Result-Based Financing (RBF)

Results/Performance-based financing (RBF/PBF) was introduced in Uganda to support the improvement of maternal and child health services and the attainment of universal health coverage (UHC). RBF is a purchasing mechanism in which health providers are partially funded based on their performance of agreed outputs or outcomes[1]. Evidence suggests that RBF has the potential to make […]

Key Messages from the August FORCE Community Webinar: Remote Coaching and Mentoring – Making the most of remote engagements in a COVID and Post-COVID Era

Background The August FORCE webinar discussed remote coaching and mentoring and is application in technical assistance in the COVID-19 era and beyond. As donor aid shrinks and with limited domestic funding affecting health systems programs, Coaches should prioritize low cost and high impact activities such as virtual engagements to free up funds for other essential […]

Réflexions d’août 2021

“Si nous disposons de données, examinons-les. Si nous n’avons que des opinions, partageons la mienne.” Cette fameuse citation de Jim Barksdale, l’ancien PDG de Netscape, m’a récemment été rappelée lors d’une discussion sur le suivi des cycles rapides. Cette citation m’a fait penser à deux choses: Tout d’abord, elle représente la justification et l’importance du […]

Réflexions de juillet 2021

En réfléchissant à la première moitié de l’année et aux diverses discussions nationales auxquelles le SPARC a participé, je me rends compte que certaines des priorités clés auxquelles les pays sont confrontés en raison de la COVID-19 sont centrées sur trois axes: comment générer des fonds supplémentaires pour les soins de santé dans le cadre […]

A Visit for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Nigeria on a Study Tour of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) in Kenya

Strategic Purchasing African Resource Centre (SPARC) hosted a delegation of general managers from Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for a three-day study tour to share experience on how the Kenyan Government is working towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC), with lessons from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) reforms, and explore future partnerships. The […]

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