Setting the Stage for Health Care Financing Reforms in Four Nigerian States
Nigeria is undergoing transitions in the financing of its health sector as part of the effort to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Like many other developing countries embarking on this journey, Nigeria seeks to greatly decrease out-of-pocket spending on health services and increase government health spending per person, with the ultimate aim of improved access to high-quality health care without risk of financial hardship.
There is no step-by-step guide for achieving UHC. There are, however, recommended policy changes countries must make as they strive to achieve this goal. One such reform is the design and implementation of a contextually feasible health financing roadmap.
As part of USAID’s effort to support Nigeria’s health care financing reform at national and state levels, the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health, National Health Insurance Scheme, and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to organize a five-day training workshop on health care financing. The workshop, bringing together stakeholders from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Lagos, and Rivers States, will take place June 27th through July 1st, 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria.
This workshop is aimed at preparing implementers and stakeholders in these states to undertake health care financing reforms as part of the larger push for UHC, through the implementation of State Health Insurance Schemes. The training is also intended to set the stage for building legal, institutional, and policy frameworks for supporting these reforms.
Participants represent relevant government agencies, private sector, civil society, development partners and other stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of health reform agenda at national and state level.
Visit the workshop webpage for more information.
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