health financing

Using Development Assistance for Health (DAH) to Strategically Purchase Health services: Experiences, Lessons, and Options for Uganda

Through the Uganda Health Sector Development Plan (HSDP) and other policy pronouncements, Uganda has committed to accelerating progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030, wherein all Ugandans will have access to good quality health services without fear of financial risks. The Global Framework for Health Financing recommends an allocation of US$86 per capita […]

Implementation of Universal Health Insurance in Burkina Faso: Challenges of Involving Pre-existing Insurance Mechanisms

Authors: Issa Kaboré, Charlemagne Tapsoba, Yamba Kafando, Orokia Sory, Joël Arthur Kiendrébéogo In 2015, Burkina Faso adopted a law on universal health insurance scheme (RAMU), which is compulsory for all. This blog examines the issue of involving existing insurance mechanisms in the implementation of this scheme. Health insurance provision is not well developed in Burkina […]

Dynamic Mapping: An Innovative Tool for Transparent and Equitable Resource Management in the Fight Against COVID-19 in Burkina Faso

Authors: S. Pierre Yaméogo, Orokia Sory, Yamba Kafando, Charlemagne Tapsoba, Issa Kaboré, Joël Arthur Kiendrébéogo Burkina Faso’s efforts to respond to COVID-19 have benefited from considerable national and international solidarity, which has been demonstrated through donations, support and multifaceted assistance. To ensure regular monitoring, transparent and equitable management of the resources received, the Ministry of […]

Strategic Health Purchasing in Cameroon. Multiple Fragmented Schemes and Opportunities For Alignment in the Universal Health Coverage Context.

Joseph Maabo Tankwaa and Isidore Sieleunoua aR4D International, Yaoundé – Cameroun Access to quality and affordable healthcare is one of the core objectives of any health system. To achieve this goal, Cameroon has implemented many financing strategies/schemes and undertaken a series of reforms to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 20351. A recent study identified […]

February 2021 Message

In the past two years since SPARC’s launch, we have consolidated our niche entry point into countries – supporting the articulation of demands, identification of resources for the implementation of reforms and alignment of stakeholders behind a common vision of strategic health purchasing – not as a scheme or program, but along functional lines (what […]

Key Messages from the February FORCE Community Webinar – Introduction of Evidence and Solution Selection Using the Coaching Approach.

Background The Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) is a resource hub aimed at strengthening strategic purchasing capacity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Our vision is to empower countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all. SPARC is not just a resource centre. It is […]

HSR2020 SPARC Satellite Session: Strengthening Capacity for Strategic Purchasing

HSR2020 SPARC Satellite Session Q&A Session Description This session focused on strategic purchasing, which at its core is about improving how ministries of health and government health insurance agencies use information about population health needs and provider performance to make decisions about benefit packages, contracted providers, and payment methods. It features latest research and best […]

Réflexions de Septembre

Écoutez les réflexions de Septembre du Dr Nkechi Olalere, Directeur Exécutif, Centre de Ressources pour les Achats Strategiques en Afrique (SPARC) Bienvenue à ce nouvel épisode du SPARC Réflexions. Nous avons passé le mois de SPARC à réfléchir sur les messages clés que nous avons entendus lors de nos engagements virtuels d’avril 2020 sur le […]

September Reflections

Listen to the September Reflections by Dr. Nkechi Olalere, Executive Director at Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC). Welcome to another episode of SPARC Reflections. We spent the month of SPARC reflecting on the key messages we heard from our virtual engagements on COVID-19 from April 2020. Our monthly themes have explored the usefulness of […]

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