Tag: Health Systems

 

Data Revolutionaries: Routine Administrative Data Can Be Sexy Too

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Routine operational data on government programs lack sexiness, and are generally not trendy with Data Revolutionaries. But unlike censuses and household surveys, routine administrative data are readily available at low cost, cover key populations and service providers, and are generally at the right level of disaggregation for decision-making on payment and service delivery. Despite their potential utility, these data remain an under-appreciated asset for generating evidence and informing policy.

Next Up on the Universal Health Coverage Agenda: Value for Money

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At the World Bank’s Annual Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Financing Forum this year, I took part in a mock competition to help determine the topic of next year’s forum. I was up against Larry Gostin, who argued that the 2017 forum should focus on equity and human rights, and Sara Bennett, who made the case for it to be the political economy. My pitch was for the forum to focus on efficiency—or value for money—in UHC reforms, and here’s why.

Time Has Value: The Hidden Time Costs of Community Health Worker Programs

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Recruiting community members with basic training for health promotion and care delivery is increasingly popular among development programs in low- and middle-income countries. This approach has great appeal: it could boost accountability and local ownership, and reduce program costs. Though the potential benefits of the approach are easily touted, the full costs remain murky and are often an afterthought. 

Hospitals Are Key to Reaching Universal Health Coverage

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The global commitment to universal health coverage—target 3.8 of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development—is as ambitious as it is energizing. Ensuring everyone, everywhere around the world has access to quality health care without being forced into poverty will require stronger health systems that generate better patient services and improve people’s health. And, to that end, investments in hospitals and their performance will be key.

In Health Spending, Middle-Income Countries Face a Priorities Ditch, Not a Financing Ditch – But That Still Merits Aid

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After a successful replenishment earlier this year, the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is thinking through how to maximize the impact of the money it has raised. One hot issue is graduation from Gavi support. Currently, the Alliance uses an income cutoff loosely based on eligibility for IDA — soft loans from the World Bank. 

Bravo to the US for Supporting Africa’s Own Center for Disease Control

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On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry signed an agreement with the African Union to help establish the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African CDC will take on a role similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, and work to prevent and respond to future disease outbreaks on the continent. 

India’s New Health Policy: A Work in Progress

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India has fallen behind in both health expenditure and health outcomes compared to other lower-middle-income countries. Its burdens of tuberculosis and malaria, and increasingly noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, are one of the largest. Infant mortality and child malnutrition rates rival those in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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