On 28 July 2021, the ATI supporting organisation Save the Children will host the online event “USAID´s role in achieving SDG 3 in a post-pandemic world: financing national and subnational health services”. The focus of the discussion will be on the strategies to finance the rebuild of basic health services and achieve “health for all” after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States, an ATI development partner, has increasingly emphasised domestic resource mobilisation (DRM), with it featuring prominently in USAID’s framework to end preventable maternal and child deaths. Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a USAID-funded, seven-year USD $185 million project implemented by a consortium led by Palladium and includes a health financing/DRM pillar.
Save the Children believes that the pressing health financing needs resulting from COVID-19 make it an opportune moment to take stock of U.S. foreign assistance for DRM for health. In this vein, the organisation recently published a report, “Building Resilient Health Financing in the Wake COVID-19: Case Studies of Subnational Health Budgeting in Kenya”, which will offer a basis for discussion at the roundtable. The report, based on fieldwork in Makueni and Nyeri Counties, sought to identify best practices for donors seeking to support subnational health financing and focuses on supporting civil society engagement on tax and budgeting.
The event will take place on July 28, 2021 from 10:00-11:30 AM (EST) and will proceed as follows:
- 10:00-10:05AM: Introduction from Christy Gleason, Save the Children/SCAN VP of Policy, Advocacy, and Campaigns
- 10:05-10:20AM: Presentation by Andrew Wainer, Policy Research Director at Save the Children, of key findings from the report, “Building Resilient Health Financing in the Wake COVID-19: Case Studies of Subnational Health Budgeting in Kenya”.
- 10:20-10:50AM: DRM for health expert interventions from:
Suneeta Sharma, Palladium, Director Health Policy Plus Project
Steve Rozner, USAID, Senior Public Financial Management (PFM) Advisor
Anne Musuva, ThinkWell, Country Director for Kenya
- 10:50-11:20: Open roundtable discussion with attendee engagement
- 11:20-11:30: Conclusion from Smita Baruah
The event will be moderated by Smita Baruah, Save the Children’s Sr. Director for Global Health & Development Policy.
To participate, please register here.