Universal Health Coverage (UHC) proposes that everyone access the quality healthcare services they need without exposure to any financial risk. The vast amount of evidence indicates that primary healthcare service is essential and a foundation for a strong health system, offering preventive and basic healthcare intervention. However, this level of service delivery is seemingly least prioritized in terms of funding and purchasing modalities.
Some of the reasons for the contrast include the limited financial management capacity, limited or no autonomy and non-strategic payment mechanism. In the light of the preceding, SPARC, in partnership with AfroPHC, is organizing a webinar themed “Exploring UHC Funding/Payment Reforms for PHC in Africa.” AfroPHC is a community of Primary Health Care (PHC) health workers interested in elevating learnings, issues and opportunities for PHC Systems Strengthening and SPARC is an Africa based resource hub aimed at Strengthening Strategic Purchasing capacity in sub-Saharan Africa by connecting existing regional expertise and matching it with country demand to make better use of resources for health.
Its vision is to empower countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all. The webinar set to hold on 27 July aims to share experiences and discuss issues affecting the funding of PHC toward the advancement of UHC in Africa. The webinar will feature a panel discussion with experts from SPARC’s technical consortium and a breakout discussion session moderated by members of the AFROPHC forum.
The objectives of the webinar are to:
Discuss issues affecting PHC Financing for UHC,
Increase awareness of PHC workers on PHC financing using country experiences, and
Brainstorm and identify solutions to challenges facing PHC financing in Africa.
Officials from African Ministries of Health and Finance
SPARC Technical partners & FORCE community
Health Financing experts
It will be in the usual format of a moderated discussion with panellists (60-90min) and then group discussion (45min) and feedback (30-45min).
Dr. Almoghirah Abdellah will moderate the discussion.
Dr. Nkechi Olalere will brief us on SPARC. Prof. Shabir Moosa will frame the discussion. A panel from different countries (Tanzania – Susan Makawia, Rwanda – Stella Matutina Umuhoza, Ghana – Dr. Ama Fenny) will respond to the question “Can you share your country experiences in UHC funding/payment reforms for PHC?”
We will break into groups to discuss the questions “What are the challenges we see with the emerging UHC PHC funding/payment changes? What are the solutions to these challenges?” When we get feedback Dr. Nkechi Olalere will synthesise key messages.