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Costing and Budgeting Tools at the Decentralized Level: State of the Art
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Author(s): Rudolph Chandler

Primary Language: English

Date: 11/1/2011


Health financing was the theme of a major national conference held in Calabar, Nigeria in November 2011. The specific focus of the three-day conference was “Improving Financial Access to Health Services for the Poor in Nigeria.” Participants shared information on a wide range of health financing strategies and mechanisms employed in Nigeria as well as other countries. The 255 participants represented a broad range of expertise; they included health managers and providers, insurance specialists, health economists, government officials, and media representatives from all 36 states and the national capital. State representatives met in regional groups to discuss the approaches most applicable to their area and formulate plans to apply these approaches at the state or community level. The conference generated many “actionable” policy and program initiatives that the states and federal government can adopt.

This presentation was one of five presentations made by the Health Policy Project. The presenter gave a brief overview of various software models available to help health planners and managers to estimate and project costs for various health services. These tools can be adapted for use at the state and local level and used to estimate costs to reach a specific goal or to expand or upgrade services.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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