Year: 2021

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 […]

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 […]

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