International Symposium 11 June 2015
This symposium brought together the evidence from recent impact evaluations of African health financing reforms, which aim to bring about Universal Health Coverage (UHC). A full house of participants attended the presentations of selected cases varying from the evaluations of community-based health insurance to performance based financing schemes. A lively debate ensued on identifying more general policy lessons on how to move forward to UHC. The presentations addressed general socio-economic and health developments in Africa by Dr. Agnes Soucat (World Bank) , ongoing impact evaluations community-based health insurance schemes in Ethiopia and their policy implications by Prof. Arjun Bedi (International Institute for Social Studies) , the evaluation of the insurance program in Kwara state Nigeria by Prof. Jacques van der Gaag (Amsterdam Institute for International Development) , an indepth assessment of the Ghana NHIS by Dr. Caroline Jehu-Appiah (African Development Bank) and presentations on PBF by Dr. Igna Bonfrer (iBMG) and Prof. Bruno Meessen (Institute of Tropical Medicine) . The day was chaired by Prof. Eddy van Doorslaer (Erasmus University) and moderated by Dr. Ellen Van de Poel (Erasmus University) & Prof. Owen O’Donnell (Erasmus University). The conference culminated in the afternoon in the successful public defence of her PhD thesis by Igna Bonfrer on the very topic of the day’s meetings: the evaluation of health financing models.
For more details see the attached programme or visit www.bmg.eur.nl/uhc_symposium and go to the programme page.
See a blog which Bruno Meessen posted on the CoP PBF