The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Wasunna Owino
Primary Language: English
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 is one of five presentations made by the Health Policy Project. The presenter gave an overview of a pilot project in Kenya, which found that the provision of subsidized vouchers for maternal health and family planning services were effective in reaching the poor at a reasonable cost; providers were paid for specific services (rather than supporting operating costs).