MLI Newsletter - December 13, 2010
Live from Ethiopia: MLI’s Learning Collaborative Forum
Live blogs from MLI’s week-long Learning Collaborative Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia offered candid insight into the inner workings and strategies of the ministries of health of the five MLI countries. The Forum, which took place from November 30th to December 3rd , featured global health leaders from Ethiopia, Nepal, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. Writing for the MLI blog, Leading Global Health, John Donnelly interviewed many MLI country leaders about health, development, and country ownership. At the end of the four-day conference, Ethiopian Health Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke about how his ministry has taken an increased leadership role in its health programs and outlined a roadmap for country ownership. To see more of the 14 live posts and a wrap-up interview with MLI Director Rosann Wisman, go to the Leading Global Health blog.
Newsmakers on MLI’s Blog
Country Ownership: "Before asking anyone to help, we should have clarity of what we want to achieve. People are ready to help us only when they know what we want.”
Peering Learning to Improve Health Serives for the Poor
In recent years, many African countries have launched ambitious national policies aimed at reducing financial barriers to health care. The Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) group, in response to these country-led initiatives and in efforts to foster greater south-to-south peer learning, joined MLI in sponsoring a regional workshop on “Improving Financial Access to Health Care for the Poor” in Dakar, Senegal from the 2-4 November, 2010. The technical workshop grouped country experts from the four African MLI countries: Mali, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and Sengal as well as experts from Burundi, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Liberia, Congo, Niger, Uganda, Zambia, and Mauritania that are directly involved in the recent introduction of health financing policies to improve access to services for the poor (free health care, insurance, voucher, etc), experts working for health programs or institutions affected by free healthcare policy, researchers, civil society representatives and technicians from technical and financial partners concerned by these reforms. The workshop’s objectives, along with the issues discussed focused on ensuring equity of health access for all. Additional information from the Dakar workshop at the HHA website.
Update: “Reducing Financial Barriers to Reproductive Health Care”
MLI has published Country Spotlights to accompany its issue brief, “Reducing Financial Barriers to Reproductive Health Care: Experiences with Free Care and Health Insurance.” The Country Spotlights, available in both English and French offer background on health systems strategies in the the five MLI countries, Ethiopia, Nepal, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Senegal, while exploring each county’s current insurance scheme. Challenges and future goals are also explored as the five countries continue to work to increase access to reproductive health through enhanced health ministry leadership.