Improving purchasing for UHC through digital tools
Capacity, data and algorithms for verification, fraud detection and quality of care monitoring
african - International
Project Work Period
15/07/2021 - 30/12/2022
Expected Time Commitment
3 hours per week
Working Languages
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Available Positions
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Purchasing is an essential function of any health financing system. One of the challenges is to make it more strategic in order to enhance efficiency, equity and quality in health services access as well as financial protection.

The acceleration of digitization in health financing, including the digitization of the purchaser/provider interaction, is leading to new and growing data sources available to purchasers. If well managed, these data sources can help to appreciate health needs, develop a better knowledge of providers performance, select providers, design the most efficient contracts and inform the learning cycle. One application of these new sources of data is the automation of verification, fraud detection and quality assurance and thus fight Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) in health care. Recent developments in cloud-based analytical and data sciences tools and their uptake in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) create new opportunities for a usage of “big data” sources by purchasing agencies in Africa. 

The PBF and the FAHS communities of practice are launching a global learning agenda on algorithmic verification, fraud detection and quality assurance in purchasing in LMICs. 

The objectives of our program of work are:

  • to provide an overview of how these approaches are currently used in Africa 
  • to identify areas of innovation and possible development
  • to identify capacity building needs
  • to formulate recommendations to purchasers on how to best leverage these tools and approaches 
  • to formulate recommendation to researchers about research priorities.


As a member of the working group, you will be expected to support the facilitation team in developing a global learning agenda on “Improving purchasing for Universal Health Coverage through algorithmic verification, fraud detection and quality of care monitoring”.

Among other tasks, you will have to:

  • Participate in a collective reflection on how algorithmic verification, fraud detection and claim verification mechanisms could contribute to better health financing systems, strategic purchasing and UHC
  • Contribute to the preparation of an international meeting, by documenting how, those mechanisms are being put in place in your country or project 
  • Assist the facilitation team in the organization of the international meeting which includes logistical and operational aspects
  • Attend the international meeting and possibly take on the role of a co-facilitator
  • Ensure thorough follow-up after the meeting by contributing to the outputs (e.g. reports, blogs) and by sharing the outcomes with the relevant international communities of expertise.


All Collectivity experts can apply to this project. We are particularly interested in people with advanced experience in designing health financing policies, expertise in verification systems in PBF programs or with experience in health insurance information systems. Fluency in English is required for attending the international meeting. 

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