Better Health Governance, Better Health Systems: The Evidence

On November 14th and 15th, USAID’s Office of Health Systems (OHS), the World Health Organization (WHO), with the support of the Health Finance and Governance Project (HFG) hosted an event, “Better Health Governance, Better Health Systems: The Evidence” in Washington, DC. This follows the Marshalling the Evidence initiative, launched in September 2016, with the objective of increasing awareness and understanding of the evidence of what works and why on how strengthened governance contributes to improved health system performance and outcomes.

Kelly Saldana, Director of the Office of Health Systems at USAID, overviews the Marshalling the Evidence initiative

Technical Working group discusses recommendations to be advanced at the UHC day session

The four thematic working groups (TWGs) consolidated evidence from literature reviews and key informant interviews from low and middle income countries in selected areas to develop the following reports:

  1. Derick W. Brinkerhoff, David Jacobstein, Jeremy Kanthor, Dheepa Rajan and Katie Shepard. October 2017.Accountability, Health Governance, and Health Systems: Uncovering the Linkages. Bethesda, MD: Health Finance & Governance Project, Abt Associates Inc.
  2. Adam Koon, Lauren Windmeyer, Maryam Bigdelli, Jodi Charles, Fadi El Jardali, Walter Flores, Jesse Uneke, Sara Bennett. October 2017. A Scoping Review of the Uses and Institutionalization of Knowledge for Health Policy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.Bethesda, MD: Health Finance & Governance Project, Abt Associates Inc.
  3. Shreeshant Prabhakaran, Arin Dutta, Akshar Saxena, Kelsee Stromberg, David Clarke, Suneeta Sharma October 2017. Do Better Laws and Regulations Promote Universal Health Coverage? A Review of the Evidence.Bethesda, MD: Health Finance & Governance Project, Abt Associates Inc.
  4. Hélène Barroy, Karima Saleh, Catherine Connor, Annie Baldridge and Elizabeth Elfman. October 2017. Public Financial Management, Health Governance, and Health Systems. Bethesda, MD: Health Finance & Governance Project, Abt Associates Inc.

The purpose of the event was to share the key findings, gaps and implications of the four technical working group reports and explore the practical implications for policy makers, managers, and donors in country. In addition to the main event, a short public session was held on the morning of November 15th for the larger governance community in Washington, D.C., to share the highlights of these findings that will be presented at the upcoming UHC Day Forum in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2017.

Catherine Connor, Deputy Director of the Health Finance and Governance project, highlights findings in public financial management

Attendees of Better Health Governance, Better Health Systems: The Evidence event

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