Is information about other countries’ experiences a useful resource for policy makers?
Every country in the world experiences challenges with its health system. No matter the strategy, the implementation seems expensive and imperfect. But at the same time, high quality healthcare is a highly valued and often a core component of society — literally providing lifelines. Learning between countries seems like a potentially fruitful exercise… but it can be hugely complicated in practice.
This two hour seminar will include a presentation synthesising eight case studies (spanning Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania) that look at countries which were low income in 2000 and have gone on to make significant improvements in population health. Each study focuses on one or two major health system reforms and asks what, why and how (if at all) lessons from other countries played a role.
The presentation also summarises findings from addition expert consultation exercises, as well as ongoing work to understand the organisational capacity of existing national health policy analysis institutes in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Tanzania and Uganda.
Ultimately, the project is about generating recommendations for external funders on strategic interventions that could help the spread and use of information about international health systems experience – with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Alex Jones will lead the session. He is currently working on health economics and systems issues in development for Oxford Policy Management, and project manager of the Learning for Action Across Health Systems project. For more information see www.learningforaction.org.”
Booking is not required.