On October 8-12, participants around the world will gathered in Liverpool, UK for the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. The event was hosted by the Health Systems Global with co-sponsors, supporters, and a consortium of UK organizations led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In addition to a list of presentations, SHOPS Plus and the Private Sector in Health Working Group co-sponsored a private sector health day with AHME.
On October 8, at ACC Liverpool conference center, the project held a satellite session on engaging the private health workforce to achieve universal health coverage through the delivery of more services and addressing financial barriers to care. The session, titled "The private health workforce: key to expanding access to priority health services," highlighted case studies from India and South Africa. The panel featured four speakers, including SHOPS Plus private sector specialist, Sean Callahan.
On October 9, SHOPS Plus and the Private Sector in Health Working Group co-sponsored a private sector health day with AHME at the Jurys Inn Hotel, titled "Engaging with private providers in low and middle income countries: Strengthening quality of care and effective regulation." The full-day satellite session consisted of nine panels. One was led by SHOPS Plus health financing director, Jeanna Holtz, titled "Strategic purchasing: Leveraging direct and indirect benefits to improve quality." It focused on how governments can generate direct and indirect benefits to improve and regulate quality of care by engaging private providers to participate in strategic purchasing mechanisms. In addition, Holtz also presented a poster titled "Polemic and pragmatism: engaging the private sector" during the main conference.
In the afternoon of October 10, Sarah Dominis, human resources for health specialist for Abt Associates, presented on behalf of SHOPS Plus at a lightning session on how the private sector health workforce can be leveraged to expand access to HIV services and advance country universal health coverage goals. The session, titled "Innovating to achieve UHC: Optimizing the impact of the private health workforce," highlighted case studies from India and South Africa.
In the evening of October 10, Caroline Quijada, SHOPS Plus deputy director, discussed lessons on engaging the private sector in delivering HIV services under national health insurance programs. Following the technical presentations, the panelists focused on the challenges for health insurance schemes and health sector reformers of managing HIV service integration. It was all part of the satellite session, "Beyond vertical: Sustaining HIV service delivery through health insurance," sponsored by USAID, PEPFAR, Health Policy Plus, and SHOPS Plus.
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