World health summit to showcase collaboration for better health

A month after world leaders met at the UN General Assembly to recommit to financing whs2 (1)for universal health coverage,  the global health community gathers in Berlin for the World Health Summit. Under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, this year’s summit will focus on universal health coverage and human capital in Africa, the role of the G7 and G20 in global health and how the Global Action Plan can be implemented.

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Better together: Finance and health ministers can deliver a win-win for their countries

This blog is part of a series on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The series BetterTogetherFinanceandHealthMinistersCanDeliveraWin-WinfortheirCountries_0includes contributions from external bloggers and reflects their view. Follow the conversation on Twitter #HealthForAll

The G-20’s recent call for finance and health ministries to collaborate in pushing toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is both overdue and welcome.  Without such collaboration, the necessary decisions cannot be made for raising substantial resources and spending them effectively.  But it is also a collaboration that holds promise for preventing much of the disease and death that is looming on the horizon, especially in today’s middle- and low-income countries. Everyone wins when countries can generate more health for the money —an effort that demands joint action by the people who raise funds and those who spend it. Countries also get a win-win from raising taxes on harmful products like tobacco, alcohol, and sugary beverages by preventing unnecessary disease and by raising revenues.

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Health Technology and the World Bank Group

On October 11, at the Human Capital Summit 2018 Philips CEO Frans van Houten co-Wordmarksigned an open letter, to the world community highlighting the need for greater investment in human capital – the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate throughout their lives – through better nutrition, health care, education, jobs and skills. The publication of the open letter coincided with the launch of the World Bank Group’s Human Capital Index – a simple but effective metric for human capital outcomes such as child survival, early hard wiring of children for success, student learning, and adult health. Philips has made a commitment to improve the lives of 3 billion people by 2030. We are working with the World Bank Group (among others) to reach this goal.

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Healthy people drive strong economies

Dieynaba Nioula Kane remembers vividly when, for the first time in her life, she was kg_blogforced to ask friends and family for money. It was out of desperation after the birth of her fifth child, a little boy with a life-threatening condition that needed specialist treatment in the capital. Dieynaba was forced to leave her job teaching French and hurriedly relocate to Dakar, where she was able to find the health services he needed.

But the expenses quickly piled up. Hospital bills, a tracheostomy, medicines, dressings, fees for nurses and doctors, plus the cost of food and transportation to and from the hospital. As she took a break from paid employment for four years to focus on her son’s health her family’s economic conditions deteriorated. It took the family years to recover.

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eC2: Fiji Health PPP – Technical Consultant

Deadline: 01-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), has been engaged by the Ministry of PPPsEconomy of the Government of Fiji to advise it on implementing a PPP transaction for the redevelopment of Lautoka Hospital and Ba Hospital. The objective of the Project is to improve the health care infrastructure at the Project Hospitals and the quality and access of health care services.

The project is divided into three phases:

Phase 1: Due diligence and transaction structuring.
Phase 2: Transaction execution – project tendering.
Phase 3: Post transaction support – 24 month period.

IFC is looking to engage a Technical Consultant for Phase 3, for post transaction support to the Government and the Project team over a 24 month period. This will involve assistance with short-term contract management, technical assistance, and the development of contract manuals and capacity building for the client to develop the competency required to manage and monitor the PPP contract over the concession term.

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eC2: Stock-Taking of Health and Education Facilities Energy Needs and Design of Solar-Powered Service Solutions in Burundi

Deadline: 26-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Burundi has over 900 health centers and more than 1,400 secondary and vocational maxresdefaultschools, out of which the majority is not electrified. The World Bank seeks to hire the services of a firm to i) take stock of the electrification status and overall energy use of Health and Education Facilities in Burundi and ii) to design standardized solar-powered service packages to meet their current and future needs. The assignment should assess a representative share of those unelectrified facilities. A particular emphasis will be put on ways to ensure maintenance and operation of the systems, as one of the big challenges for long-term project success.

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Is taxing sugar-sweetened beverages a sweet deal?

Blog by Ceren Ozer. Published on http://www.worldbank.org on
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB)[i] are a well-recognized adversary in the fight against sugary_drink_1140x500.pngobesity and the quest for better public health. Interest in discouraging consumption through higher taxes is growing as more jurisdictions impose them and as we learn more from their experiences. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes are one of three taxes for health highlighted in a recently published report by the Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health.
Many are asking: are taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are really a sweet deal? Does such a tax enable policy makers to improve health outcomes by reducing unhealthy consumption? And does it help generate additional tax revenue for more spending on human capital?

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eC2: Technical Assistance towards strengthening supply chain management of health products and technologies in Kenya

Deadline: 24-Jun-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The RMNCAH TA MDTF is a multi-year trust fund intended to enhance effectiveness in ug-vouchers-that-make-having-a-baby-safe-and-cheap-for-some-ugandan-women-homepage-780x439achieving sustainable RMNCAH results by strengthening the health systems and support progress towards universal health coverage (UHC).

The MDTF is Bank-executed and provides effective and timely TA to develop capacity for efficient implementation of RMNCAH initiatives focusing on improving utilization and quality of essential RMNCAH services. This firm consultancy therefore aims to support selected counties to build/strengthen HPT supply chain systems into efficient, effective, responsive and sustainable systems with emphasis on the 13 lifesaving RMNCAH commodities according to the UN Commission for life saving Commodities through provision of technical assistance.

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Strategic Health Purchasing for Universal Health Coverage in Indonesia Phase 2 Strategic Health Purchasing for Priority Programs

Deadline: 24-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Support for Strategic Purchasing in Priority Programs (Phase 2, 2018-2019)is a continuation of the Phase 1 ‘Strategic Health Purchasing Technical Support’ (2016-2018)which was focusing on functional and regulatory review of strategic purchasing under JKN. Phase 2 will implement the strategic health purchasing based on findings from Phase 1, including identify options for improving purchasing and provider payment arrangements through a facilitated participatory technical working group (TWG) process for TB and Maternal Health, institutionalize capacity for budget impact analysis in BPJS and or P2JK -MOH to routinely assess the potential impact of alternative provider payment options on JKN expenditures and sustainability; and design options for a routine monitoring system for BPJS, MOH especially P2JK-MOH and other stakeholders to effectively monitor budget and service delivery impacts of provider payment arrangements for the national priority programs,namely TB and MNH service delivery
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eC2: Occupational Health Economist – Improvement of Health and Safety in Construction and other High-Risk Sectors

Deadline: 26-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

The objective of this analytical work is to assess the positive and negative impacts of increasing OHS standards. Tasks are expected to include:
1. Economic analysis of the direct and indirect costs associated with accidents in the workplace and occupational diseases. The costs associate4d with workplace accidents and illness must be balanced against the expenses associated with improving OHS standards. The analysis would provide two outputs: an estimate of the cost to Ethiopia of the current level of fatal and serious injury accidents, and an indication of optimal levels of OHS expenditure.
2. Assessment of the consequences of a do-nothing scenario in which no additional actions are taken to strengthen OHS.
3. Estimation of the costs and benefits of alternative institutional structures to administer OHS.
4. Consultation with private investors to determine the potential impacts of enforcing compliance with recognized international OHS standards.

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