Year: 2016

Results Based Financing II: No Systems, No Scale

If we want to scale up Results Based Financing, we need to understand the minimum levels of system functionality that are necessary to achieve Universal Health Coverage.   As described in the earlier instalment of this series, Results Based Financing has emerged as a key strategy to improve health sector performance whereby monetary incentives are […]

A song to increase health awareness and social issues in Mkushi, Zambia

Bumping our way down a dirt track, we glimpsed a gathering of orange t-shirts through the trees and as we stepped out of the car the air was filled with song. ‘SMAG forward twibwelela numa, SMAG forward cacine ee, Twalisalile fwebene, Twalisalile nokubomba, Twalisalile nokwenda, twalisalile nokubomela community’ ‘SMAG it forward and don’t turn back, […]

Result Based Financing Part 1: From revolutionary to routine

Once considered “revolutionary innovation,” Results Based Financing in health is rapidly moving into “routine operations.” With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in establishing its “proof of principal,” questions remain about whether and when Results Based Financing is really better than more conventional input-based health financing. This is the first of a three-part blog series […]

E-Learning: From question mark to exclamation mark

After a twenty-five-hour trip because of a re-routing thanks to the French airport strikes, it felt extra nice to land at Kano airport again.  It was early in the morning and from the car I could view the sun starting to rise, shining on the acacia trees and colourfully dressed people who were starting their […]

Leaving no-one behind: focusing on women with the least social support

Current broad spectrum targeting efforts are failing to reach those who need the most support. An adaptive programming approach was employed to identify under-supported women and address the clustering of child death. The emphasis on reaching every woman and every child within the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health by 2030 is laudable. […]