Health financing can be conceptualized around three main functions: mobilizing resources, pooling them, and purchasing services. The purchasing function has so far received relatively little attention in terms of reflection and action in many low- and middle-income countries. Too often, purchasing of health services is done in passive and non-strategic way. This can constitute a major obstacle in progressing towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Under the leadership of the WHO, a collaborative learning program on the issue of strategic purchasing is being put in place. Communities of Practice want to contribute to this dynamic. We invite you to participate in this ambitious dynamic by joining a working group led by WHO and the CoPs.
As a member of the working group, you will :
Our objective is to close this collaborative project before the end of 2017. This will allow to prepare a technical meeting early 2018.
This project is open to all Collectivity experts (practitioners, decision-makers, researchers…) Experts active in the purchasing of services (insurance agency, performance purchasing agency, working group members for national financing strategies...) are particularly welcome. They will have a key role to play in documentation at the country level. It is also possible to apply as a country team (please mention names of other colleagues in your respective application letters).
Enough African countries will be selected, but we hope to also include other low- and middle-income countries.
Bilingualism (French / English) is an asset but not a sine qua non.