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November 30, 2010

'A new dawn' in health care in Sierra Leone

John Donnelly

This is the fourth in a series of blogs from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health's Learning Collaborative Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

The idea was to hold a mock press conference, but to make it as real as possible.

A three-member team from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, arriving with packets stuffed with a press release, background information, and press clippings, gave a presentation today on the country’s free health care initiative at the MLI Learning Collaborative Forum. Colleagues from Mali, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nepal and the United States took on identities as reporters from local and international press.

The forum, held for four days in Addis Ababa, features a number of presentations from country groups as well as field trips to see first-hand Ethiopia’s health initiatives. The mock press conference was designed to underscore the importance of communicating the work of Ministries to the media.

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November 30, 2010

Mali's path to community health insurance

John Donnelly

This is the third in a series of blogs from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health's Learning Collaborative Forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

For years, Mali has had community-funded health insurance organizations, but the movement grew slowly. At the end of 2009, the country’s120 so-called mutuelles provided coverage to just 2.1 percent of the population.

Dr. Salif Samake, director of planning and statistics at Mali’s Ministry of Health, told the MLI Learning Collaborative Forum today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that his government was committed to a universal health coverage plan that would expand the health insurance service to 351 communities, with 28.4  percent of the country’s residents in the next five years.

In a free-wheeling session afterward, Samake’s peers in Health Ministries in Ethiopia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Senegal – many of whom also are wrestling with health financing and equitable coverage -- then gave him a series of challenging questions.

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For years, Mali has had community-funded health insurance organizations, but the movement grew slowly. At the end of 2009, the country’s120 so-called mutuelles provided coverage to just 2.1 percent of the population.
Dr. Salif Samake, director of planning and statistics at Mali’s Ministry of Health, told the MLI Learning Collaborative Forum today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that his government was committed to a universal health coverage plan that would expand the health insurance service to 351 communities, with 28.4  percent of the country’s residents in the next five years.
In a free-wheeling session afterward, Samake’s peers in Health Ministries in Ethiopia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Senegal – many of whom also are wrestling with health financing and equitable coverage -- then gave him a series of challenging questions:

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November 30, 2010

'It's always good to think big'

John Donnelly

This is the second in a series of live-blogs from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health's Learning Collaborative Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

But what about being a leader in a Health Ministry? Tomes have been written about what makes a good leader and best-seller lists seem to always have at least one new release that talks about how to be a leader in business or politics. 

 

But what about being a leader in a Health Ministry?

 

 

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November 30, 2010

MLI live-blog from Addis Ababa

John Donnelly

John Donnelly will be live blogging this week from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health's Learning Collaborative Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The forum will take place over the next four days, ending Friday. This is the first post of the series.

MLI works in five countries – Ethiopia, Nepal, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone – and among the forum’s highlights will be presentations from senior officials at all five Health Ministries about how efforts to promote leaders has yielded results.

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November 15, 2010

Goosby: Family planning needs are 'huge'

John Donnelly

Inside the US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, just five long blocks from the White House, Dr. Eric Goosby, the top US global AIDS official, and his top deputies have been wrestling for weeks with questions from embassies over the prohibition of use of U.S. HIV/AIDS money overseas for family planning services.

Goosby told a small group of reporters yesterday that he was working hard to fully integrate HIV services with other health programs, but that he had run into a multitude of problems in some cases because of the rule against using HIV funds for family planning.

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