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Reducing Financial Barriers to Reproductive Health Care: Experiences with Free Care and Health Insurance

High-level support and smart program design are crucial to launching health financing strategies, but success hinges on developing effective implementation and monitoring, according to a MLI issue brief on reducing financial barriers to reproductive health released this month. “While design of any financing strategy is important, it is often problems in implementation that derail effectiveness,” writes author Allison Gamble Kelley, a health economist and MLI Country Lead for Mali. Kelley outlines the need for continuous monitoring and adaptation of new programs to ensure that they meet their potential. The 13-page issue brief, “Reducing Financial Barriers to Reproductive Health Care: Experiences with Free Care and Health Insurance,” explores tensions between financing arrangements that bring rapid gains in targeted areas such as maternity care, and those aimed at sustainable progress for entire health systems. Kelley focuses her analysis on the five countries in which MLI is working to enhance health ministry leadership: Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Nepal. The report also reviews experiences from Ghana and Rwanda. Country spotlights in English and in French are also available.

Accelerating Sustainable Domestic Health Financing in Africa

This report is a presentation that was given at the 4th Conference of African Ministers of Health (CAMH4), 4 to 8 April 2009, Addis Ababa by Rotimi Sankore, Coordinator Africa Public Health Alliance & 15% Campaign. It discusses the need for African countries to move toward spending at least 15% of their budgets on health in order to build viable health systems.

International Health Partnerships

This is the website for the High Level Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems, a team made up of leading figures in the international community selected on the basis of the perspectives they can each offer on innovative financing, health systems or political feasibility.

  • MLI Voices

    Jun 22 2009 - 4:25pm

    Sierra Leone

    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.

     

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