Covid-19

COVID-19 Response And Vaccination Rollout In Rwanda: A Whole Of Government Approach

Introduction Rwanda is an East African country of about 12 million people, with 83% living in rural areas. Rwanda’s whole-of-Government approach was instrumental in the COVID-19 pandemic response and rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination plan across the country. Rwanda’s Ministry of Health reported the country’s first case of COVID-19on 14th March 2020. Despite the Government […]

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 (OurWorldInData.org)[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). […]

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 […]

Promoting Efficient and Effective Use of Resources Mobilized to Manage the Covid 19 Pandemic. Lessons and Reflections From Uganda

The  WHO has been pushing for a whole of Government approach and whole of society approach in responding  to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, in Uganda the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an overwhelming need for resources that could not be met by the Government of Uganda alone. Government therefore called for support from citizens, Non-Governmental Organizations […]

Improving the Efficiency of Resource Allocation for Covid-19 Response in Imo State – The Role of Strategic Purchasing

Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in wide scale social and economic implications and has had a huge impact on people’s lives, families and communities [1].  In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries have reconfigured their systems to provide required services to contain the pandemic, deploying preventive equipment, testing services, intensive care units (ICU) beds, […]

Evaluating Strategic Health Purchasing Functions in Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency of Resources Allocated for COVID-19 Response in Abia State

Introduction Abia state was free of COVID-19 until March 29, 2020, when two sick persons tested positive for the virus.  The effect of the pandemic on the physical, social and economic well-being of Abians is evident. There was a decrease in workforce participation across all sectors due to job losses followed by an economic crisis […]

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