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Myanmar Strategic Purchasing Brief Series

These three briefs examine the practical considerations in the design and implementation of a strategic purchasing pilot project among private general practitioners (GPs) in Myanmar. This pilot will start developing the important functions of, and provide valuable lessons around, contracting of health providers and purchasing that will contribute to the


Call for EOI: SPARC Technical Partnership for Strategic Health Purchasing Progress Mapping

The Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) seeks to strengthen strategic health purchasing institutions and processes to help sub-Saharan African countries get the most value from limited health funds as they move toward universal health coverage. Through this Call for Expressions of Interest, SPARC seeks to identify a consortium of partners from both Anglophone and Francophone Africa-based academic institutions, think tanks, or other policy analysis institutions to form a SPARC Strategic Health Purchasing (SHP) Progress Mapping technical node.


Health Benefits Policies: Country Assessments

Countries that are dedicated to achieving universal health coverage want a scheme that covers all individuals, but covering a full suite of medical services for the entire population is often impractical and would exceed available resources. Tradeoffs are inherent in all coverage schemes, including which services to cover, which populations


Summary Report - “Strategic purchasing: an emerging agenda for Africa”

The workshop assembled a diverse group of 30 people, such as country policy makers, managers, researchers and policy analysts, from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Chad, Tunisia as well as from development partners (Swiss Development Cooperation, the Alliance, MSH). The workshop started


Financing for health: where there’s a will…

On Aug 23, WHO quietly released a report that should be essential reading for all. Coming 15 years after the Abuja Declaration by African governments to commit to spending 15% of annual domestic budgets on health, concludes with a stark analysis: “For every US$100 that goes into state coffers in Africa,


Health Financing Working Paper No 1 - Spending Targets for Health: No Magic Number

This paper provides evidence which supports the message that all countries can make progress towards UHC, including those with very low levels of public spending on health. 


Public Financing for Health in Africa: from Abuja to the SDGs

The report argues that public expenditure management needs to be re-considered if countries are to close the gap between the current rules, conditions and practices of health expenditure and what is required to move towards UHC.


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