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Webinar | Making Numbers Count: Choosing the right methodology to estimate health expenditure

Need to track how much a country spends on health but unsure which methodology best meets the country’s needs? Join us Wednesday, May 16th for the second of three webinars on health resource tracking. Experts from across the globe will discuss similarities and differences of various resource tracking methodologies and the factors to consider when […]

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Strengthening Governance for Improved Health Sector Performance

Resource Type: Brief Authors: Peter Vaz, Altea Cico, Jeremy Kanthor, Sharon Nakhimovsky and Ffyona Patel Published: May 2018 Resource Description: While the importance of governance in health systems is recognized, its contribution to improving health sector performance and outcomes is still under debate. USAID’s Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project supported country governments to both integrate governance in […]

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Advances in Health Finance & Governance: Knowledge and Learning Briefs

  The Advances in Health Finance & Governance Knowledge & Learning Brief Series is designed to highlight learning and lessons from the HFG project in nine core areas: domestic resource mobilization, strategic health purchasing, health financing strategies, expanding coverage through health insurance, financial data for decision making, governance, institutional capacity building, workforce and efficiency, and building […]

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Communication and Advocacy in Action: Building Momentum for Universal Health Coverage

Resource Type: Brief Authors: Jeanna Holtz, Betty Cox, Altea Cico Published: April 2018 Resource Description: Despite strong global commitment to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), inconsistent understanding and communication about UHC hinders progress. The experience of the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project suggests that advocating for and communicating about UHC requires deliberate, tailored, context-specific strategies. […]

Webcast | Advances in Health Finance & Governance Series: Expanding Coverage through Health Insurance

On Thursday, April 26th, the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project hosted a roundtable on Expanding Coverage through Health Insurance at the Washington Learning Center in Arlington, Virginia. Listen as panelists discuss HFG project support to countries moving toward universal health coverage through strengthening national health insurance schemes, scaling up community-based health insurance (CBHI), covering the informal […]

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Expanding Coverage Through Health Insurance: An Ongoing Process

Resource Type: Brief Authors: Hailu Zelelew, Nathan Blanchet, Andrew Won Published: April 2018 Resource Description: As countries strive to achieve universal health coverage, they must implement health insurance systems or other types of financial protection programs that protect against financial risk and improve access to quality and affordable health care. This brief articulates lessons learned by USAID’s […]

HFG accepted to present at 2018 Social & Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit

With a mission ‘to better understand what works in shifting social norms, changing behaviors and in amplifying the voice of those who have most at stake in the success of development efforts’, the Health Governance and Finance project (HFG) was accepted to present at the recent 2018 Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit. The conference was […]

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New Podcast Episode: Digital Health & Digital Finance

  Welcome to the “Advancing Health Systems in low-and-middle-income countries” podcast. This podcast mini-series is part of the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project, a large health system strengthening project funded by USAID and led by Abt Associates. This series will explore topics in health finance and governance, and delve into how and why these areas […]

Beyond Production: Using Health Financing Information to Inform Decisions that Improve Health Systems

Resource Type: Brief Authors: Karishmah Bhuwanee, Stephen Musau and Heather Cogswell Published: April 2018 Resource Description: Health financing information, such as information on a country’s health spending, health costs, and efficiency, is vital to making informed decisions about national health systems. Yet, while good-quality information is available to many ministries of health, there is great variability among […]

Using Retained Revenue to Make Quality Improvements at Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital

The Health Sector Financing Reform (HSFR)/HFG project has supported the Ethiopian government to implement a wide range of health care financing reforms. One such reform allows hospitals and health centers to retain revenue collected from patient fees to make quality improvements. In this short video, personnel at Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital located in Bahir Dar, […]

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