Month: August 2021

The Mismanagement of the COVID-19 Funds in Cameroon and the Necessity for Reforms Towards More Transparency and Accountability

Transparency and accountability in the management of public resources are the foundation of good governance. Ensuring that public funds are well managed has always been a central concern of citizens. For over three decades, embezzlement scandals have been recurrent in Cameroon. The most recent is related to the management of the COVID-19 funds nicknamed “Covidgate” […]

Designing a Benefits Package that Enhances Effective and Efficient Resource Allocation During Pandemics: Key Considerations

Determining the benefits package- the set of services or interventions purchased is one of the three key strategic purchasing decisions. Pandemics such as COVID-19 pose a major challenge due to their unpredictability in terms of their occurrence, duration, the extent of spread, associated morbidity and mortality, and the level of economic, social, or political disruption. […]

La Lutte Contre La Covid-19 Au Cameroun : Analyse Des Actions D’achat Strategique Liees A La Reponse A La Pandemie

Gislaine Takoguen et Isidore Sieleunou Research for Development International, Yaoundé, Cameroun La pandémie de COVID-19 a été déclarée Urgence de Santé Publique de Portée Internationale (USPPI) par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) le 30 janvier 2021. Depuis lors, le nombre total de cas COVID-19 n’a cessé d’augmenter à un rythme alarmant à travers plusieurs […]

Key Messages from the July FORCE Community Webinar: Coaching Approach for Country Engagement in Burkina Faso

Background The July FORCE community webinar explored the coaching approach through the lens of the Burkina Faso country engagement process. The coach from our engagement in Burkina Faso, Dr Jean-Paul Dossou and a Burkina Faso policymaker who was a major stakeholder, Dr Lamine Traore, were invited to discuss the skills used to ensure a successful […]

Does Healthcare Purchasing by Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme Translate to Efficient Service Delivery?

“Price is what you pay; value is what you get”- Warren Buffett. Social Health Insurance and Strategic Health Purchasing in Nigeria In Nigeria, there are about 4.3% of Nigerians registered in one form of social health insurance programmes. The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is the agency responsible for social health insurance. It provides the primary […]

Multiplicity of Schemes and Non-Alignment of the Healthcare Package Within the Framework of Strategic Health Purchasing in Cameroon: Reflections and Perspectives

Strategic health purchasing (SHP) is attracting growing interest among decision-makers in low and middle-income countries. With limited resources, available resources must be used effectively and efficiently to maximize health system objectives. SHP is one approach that can contribute to improving the performance of health systems to achieve greater health outcomes cost-effectively.1  The key policy issues […]

Lessons Benin’s National Health Insurance Scheme Can Learn From the Private Insurers’ Purchasing Strategy

Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) has become a priority for many countries.[1] According to the DHS 2017-18 data, only 1% of women and men aged 15-49 are covered by health insurance.[2] Through its current Insurance program for strengthening human capital (ARCH), the Government intends to collaborate with a private insurance company[3] to provide health insurance […]

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