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Universal Health Coverage in Time of Crises: Don’t Abandon the Ship to Avoid the Storm
October 23, 2023
In times of mounting debt, the quest for universal health coverage (UHC) faces critical challenges. Rising debt has far-reaching effects, including reduced access to financing, political instability, and decreased spending on international aid. The burden of debt, coupled with high inflation, is thr...
Evidence-Based Priority Setting Has the Potential to Address Inefficiency in Healthcare, but Are We Being Efficient?
August 03, 2023
No healthcare system has an unlimited budget, and policy makers everywhere must balance demand for new health services with finite resources. Priority setting systems, often in the form of health technology assessment (HTA), can help evaluate whether health services provide good value for the money...
Towards Universal Health Coverage: Zambia’s Experience Developing a Roadmap to Support Heath Benefit Package Reform
June 01, 2023
For the last three decades, Zambia has implemented a series of policies to gradually work towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This case study delves into the process followed by the government of Zambia in developing those policies, with the aim of supporting other countries embarking on the jo...
Beyond Cost-Effectiveness: Insights for Effective Altruism from Health Economics
June 01, 2023
No longer the new kid on the block, Effective Altruism (EA) has evolved from its early days in the quadrangles of the University of Oxford to become a thriving community with a well-established architecture of philanthropic institutions. EA organisations now marshal resources in the hundreds of mill...
Universal Health Coverage Won’t Happen Tomorrow, but Here Are Some Priority-Setting Tools to Help
May 08, 2023
Countries moving towards universal health coverage (UHC) face challenging decisions about what benefits they will include and cover—especially in the current fiscal and economic climate. Countries need easy-to-use and comprehensive tools to help them think through the path to expand (or contract) be...
Applying Design Thinking for Health Benefit Package Expansion: A Framework and Comparative Review of Current Tools
May 08, 2023
Countries moving towards universal health coverage are challenged about what new health benefits and interventions they will add to their national health programs. We propose a new framework organized in three layers that outlines the features or characteristics to consider when designing and buildi...
The Malaria Vaccination Era: How Endemic Countries and Donors Can Make the Most of R21
April 25, 2023
This month, Ghana and Nigeria became the first two countries to approve the use of R21, a vaccine that may have game-changing effectiveness in protecting people from malaria. The emergence of effective vaccines promises a new golden age of success in the fight against malaria, just as such efforts h...
How WHO Can Deliver On its Core Mission of Science, Knowledge, and Evidence
April 11, 2023
In this blog, we make the case that WHO should shift away from disease siloes and reorganize to streamline the cross-cutting functions that it delivers to member countries. The WHO has an opportunity to streamline its functions along the continuum of science practice—from registering clinical trials...
We Cannot Improve Maternal and Child Survival Without Improving Data Systems
March 28, 2023
In this piece, I recap a few key messages on USAID’s call to action, honing in on the role of data and evidence in driving policy and decision-making. I argue that we need better data on the progress of maternal and child survival through improved health information systems as well as greater use of...
iProSE: A Scale for Assessing Progress on Institutional Use of Evidence to Inform Priority Setting in Health
March 10, 2023
Rigorous, explicit, evidence-informed priority-setting (EIPS) in healthcare is an essential instrument for achieving value for money. Growing pressures on healthcare budgets, combined with the post-COVID-19 fiscal crises and plateauing development assistance for health, make institutionalising EIPS ...