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This event will be held at Sarova Stanley Hotel the during the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25.
Join the Center for Global Development and PAI for a discussion with country policymakers, health financing experts, and the broader family planning community to explore how advocates and governments can work together as constructive partners in the design of UHC-oriented financing policies to ensure universal and high-quality family planning access. The reception followed by an interactive panel discussion.
• Francis Asenso-Boadi, Director, Provider Payment, National Health Insurance Scheme, Ghana
• Felice Apter, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
• Anne Coolen, Country Director, Marie Stopes Ghana
• Elisha Dunn-Georgiou, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, PA
• Amos Mwale, Executive Director, Centre for Reproductive Health and Education
• Wesley Mwambazi, Assistant Director for Health Care Financing, Ministry of Health, Zambia
• Wangui Muthigani Mbuthia, UHC Secretariat, Service Delivery, Ministry of Health, Kenya
ABOUT THE EVENT
As countries aspire to achieve affordable healthcare for all, universal health coverage (UHC) is high on the global development agenda. But for UHC to become reality, decisionmakers must make difficult choices about how to use limited health resources. Defining a health benefits package policy can help governments prioritize the highest-value investments amidst competing priorities and interest groups. Within this broader landscape, countries have also committed to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls. What are the opportunities and challenges to ensuring family planning is embedded within UHC policy and benefits package design? How does this process consider the direct impact on women’s and girls’ access to critical services? How can the family planning community effectively engage in the UHC agenda, including health financing reforms? Where are opportunities to work alongside government counterparts toward mutual goals?
Join the Center for Global Development and PAI for a discussion with country policymakers, health financing experts, and the broader family planning community to explore how advocates and governments can work together as constructive partners in the design of UHC-oriented financing policies to ensure universal and high-quality family planning access.
David Evans, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, will present new research which tests the impact of publicly providing day-care for children age 0-3 on children’s development, labour market participation for mothers, grandmothers, and others, and household well-being in Brazil. Following David’s presentation, Matthew Jukes will provide commentary and questions on the research and will position the findings within broader early childhood development policy and research.
Public health programs such antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV are likely to have positive spillover benefits to community members beyond the targeted beneficiaries that could be many times larger than the direct benefits. Join CGD for a brownbag seminar to discuss Dr. Zoë McLaren’s recent study evaluating the direct and indirect impact of AIDS treatment on labor market outcomes in rural South Africa, using HIV test results to separately identify the impact by HIV status. The study estimates the impact of access to treatment using a rigorous statistical approach including machine learning methods. The work finds that the scale up of ART access led to employment increases not only among HIV-positive individuals, but also among HIV-negative individuals who had no HIV-positive household members. Investments in health-related human capital may therefore have important stimulus effects on local economies that should be considered alongside conventional economic policy.
Public spending on social sectors can play a crucial role in inclusive and sustained growth in low- and middle-income countries, and in delivering the health, education, and social protection outcomes to which governments and their partners have committed as part of the 2030 SDGs. Yet challenges are ahead. A large gap remains between the resources currently devoted to social sectors and the level needed to meet SDG targets. Each SDG has its own resource demands that require governments to weigh the costs and benefits of public spending across a range of uses. Finally, current and upcoming transitions in health and development aid, modest domestic resource mobilization gains, and rising debt service obligations put pressure on the fiscal envelope.
The first target under Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Education) is for all children to be completing lower secondary school with minimum proficiency by 2030. At present just 4 in 10 children in low-income countries are even completing lower secondary, never mind with relevant learning outcomes. What role can public sector financing of non-state school provision play to provide greater quality access to education?