- Report Details Financing Options to Protect Citizens from Catastrophic Healthcare Costs
- Posted March 27, 2015 Istanbul, Turkey— NAIROBI— As Kenya moves toward middle-income country status and away from a donor-dependent healthcare system, the country needs to explore alternative and sustainable health financing mechanisms. Sustainable healthcare financing would allow the country to expand and ensure widespread access to healthcare services and meet its development goals while protecting its citizens from devastating healthcare costs. In a recently released report, the USAID- and PEPFAR-supported Health Policy Project (HPP) presents the range of long-term, sustainable financing options available for healthcare in Kenya over the next 15 years.
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- New Costed Implementation Plan Resource Kit Launched
- Posted March 26, 2015 Istanbul, Turkey— FP2020 used its Focal Point Workshop, held in Istanbul, Turkey from March 24–25, to launch the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) Resource Kit as part of its new knowledge platform. Acknowledging the critical role of CIPs in transforming ambitious family planning commitments into concrete programs and policies, FP2020, USAID, and UNFPA jointly developed the resource kit in collaboration with the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) and the Knowledge for Health Project (who developed new tools for the resource kit and curated existing relevant resources). The new tools were inspired by the hands-on experience of governments, donors, and technical assistance providers who have collectively developed more than 15 CIPs.
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- "To Break the Wall": HPP's Evidence-Informed Models Make the Case for Family Planning
- Posted March 26, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC—Models demonstrating the impact of demographic and health changes on policy goals transform national debates about health funding in developing countries, according to experts gathered by the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP). Speaking at HPP's DC office on March 24 to representatives of international development agencies, research organizations, and other partners, the group explained how HPP 's policy models—informed by country-specific data and aligned with national goals—allow advocates to show how voluntary family planning saves lives and money.
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- HPP Supports Transgender and Hijra Consultation in Kathmandu
- Posted February 6, 2015 KATHMANDU, Nepal—In early February, the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project provided support to a three-day consultation in Kathmandu, Nepal. The event was organized by Blue Diamond Society, Asia-Pacific Transgender Network, and UNDP; UNAIDS, USAID, and PEPFAR also provided support.The meetings offered a forum for South Asian transgender and hijra (a term used in South Asia to refer to transsexual or transgender persons) stakeholders and activists to articulate their concerns and constructively engage with legislators and policymakers on creating evidence-based policies to advance health, living conditions, and overall well-being for these communities.
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- MPs, Donors, and Business Leaders Seek Stable Financing for Tanzania’s Health System
- Posted February 6, 2015 DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania—In mid-January 2015, as the Tanzanian government geared up to finalize its budget for the next fiscal year, business leaders, members of Parliament, and representatives of external donors gathered in Dar es Salaam to discuss how to mobilize more domestic resources to finance Tanzania’s health system. Currently, nearly half of the country’s health budget is covered by donor funding—the largest share in the world. Foreign funds account for 97 percent of mainland Tanzania’s budget for HIV, and 90 percent of that amount is provided by the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund).
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- Health Policy as a Global Public Good: Development Leaders Share Their Perspectives
- Posted January 15, 2014 Washington, DC—Global health leaders came together on the afternoon of January 13 to share their views on sustainable responses to the changing landscape of development work. The Health Policy Project (HPP), which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, convened the forum at its new Washington, DC office. More than 100 guests attended, representing diverse sectors of the global health community.
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