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Extending health insurance coverage to the informal sector: Lessons from a private micro health insurance scheme in Lagos, Nigeria

Resource Type: Journal Publication Authors: Lauren Peterson,  Alison Comfort,  Laurel Hatt, Thierry van Bastelaer Published: October 2016 Resource Description: As a growing number of low‐ and middle-income countries commit to achieving universal health coverage, one key challenge is how to extend coverage to informal sector workers. Micro health insurance (MHI) provides a potential model to finance health […]

How Do Countries Use Resource Tracking Data to Inform Policy Change: Shining Light into the Black Box

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Karishmah Bhuwanee, Heather Cogswell & Tesfaye Ashagari Published: February 21, 2017 Resource Description: Resource tracking exercises produce data that can be used to inform decisions about health policy issues such as mobilizing resources, pooling resources to minimize risk, and allocating resources for health. However, the factors that help countries evolve from merely producing […]

Emerging Lessons from the Development of National Health Financing Strategies in Eight Developing Countries

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Jonathan Cali, Marty Makinen,  Yann Derriennic Published: February 9,  2018 Resource Description: As countries advance economically, they are increasingly under pressure to mobilize and properly manage domestic resources to provide affordable health care for their citizens. The World Health Organization and international donors have encouraged countries to develop a health financing strategy (HFS) […]

Reaching the Missing Middle: Ensuring Health Coverage for India’s Urban Poor

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Ramesh Bhat, Jeanna Holtz & Carlos Avila Published: March 7, 2018 Resource Description: India has seen impressive investments in government-funded health insurance but still severely underfunds the health sector. The government of India has a critical role in ensuring effective health coverage to the “missing middle”: the urban poor. The urban poor […]

Integrating HIV/AIDS in Vietnam’s Social Health Insurance Scheme: Experience and Lessons from the Health Finance and Governance Project

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Nazzareno Todini, Theodore M. Hammett & Robert Fryatt Published: February 21, 2018 Resource Description: This article describes the lessons learned by USAID’s Health Finance and Governance project over three years of implementation of health system strengthening activities in Vietnam. The authors recount the project’s approach to supporting significant advancements in the government of […]

Association Between User Fees and Dropout from Methadone Maintenance Therapy: Results of a Cohort Study in Vietnam

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Benjamin Johns, Le Bao Chau, Kieu Huu Hanh, Pham Duc Manh, Hoa Mai Do, Anh Thuy Duong & Long Hoang Nguyen Published: February 21, 2018 Resource Description: Vietnam launched methadonemaintenance therapy (MMT) in 2008 with donor funding. To expand and ensure sustainability of the program, Vietnam shifted the responsibility for financing portions of MMT […]

Responding to Health System Failure on Tuberculosis in Southern Africa

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Lauren Alecci Hartel, Abdo S. Yazbeck & Patrick L. Osewe Published: February 21, 2018 Resource Description: The characteristics of tuberculosis (TB)—such as links to poverty, importance of patient actions, and prevalence of multisectoral drivers—require more from health systems than traditional medically oriented interventions. To combat TB successfully, health systems must also address social […]

A Review of Initiatives that Link Provider Payment with Quality Measurement of Maternal Health Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Jenna Wright and Rena Eichler Published: February 21, 2018 Resource Description: To reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality, health care payers are experimenting with ways to better align incentives to promote high-quality maternal health services. This review examined 26 recent initiatives of health care payers in 16 low- and middle-income countries […]

Fighting Health Security Threats Requires a Cross-Border Approach

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  C. James Hospedales & Lisa Tarantino Published: March 8, 2018 Resource Description: Recent multicountry infectious disease outbreaks of Ebola (2014) and Zika (2016–present) have raised global awareness of the importance of health security and the systems and capacities needed to prevent, detect, and respond to global health threats. Several mechanisms exist through […]

Health System Reforms to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage in Côte d’Ivoire

Resource Type: Journal Article Authors:  Simplice Dagnan Published: April 4, 2018 Resource Description: The government of Cote d’Ivoire is resolutely committed to ensuring equitable access to quality health care for all. This commitment is reflected in the emphasis placed on infrastructure development and the provision of quality health services. In line with the Ivorian government’s commitment […]

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