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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World leaders pledge US$1 billion to transform health and nutrition of world’s poorest women, children and adolescents

– Ten new investors—Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, the European Commission, World Bank buildingGermany, Japan, Laerdal Global Health, the Netherlands, Qatar and an anonymous donor—have joined since the launch of the Global Financing Facility replenishment. They join existing funders the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, MSD for Mothers, Norway, and the United Kingdom to fund the GFF to improve the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents.

– US$1 billion pledged to the GFF Trust Fund in Oslo today is expected to link to an additional US$7.5 billion in IDA/IBRD resources for women, children and adolescents’ health and nutrition.

– Burkina Faso reaffirmed its commitment to allocating at least 15% of its annual budget to improve health; Côte d’Ivoire committed to increasing its health budget 15% annually; and Nigeria recommitted to investing US$150 million per year from its budget to sustainably finance health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents.

– US$1 billion will help the GFF partnership on the pathway toward expanding to as many as 50 countries with the greatest needs, to transform how health and nutrition are financed. Alongside other global health initiatives, this can contribute to saving and improving millions of lives by 2030.

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eC2: Ethiopia: Improvement of Health and Safety in Construction and other High-Risk Sectors

Deadline: 22-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 assist government to identify processes and procedures to effectively regulate health and safety on construction sites and in other selected high risk sectors. Tasks are expected to include the review of the institutional roles and responsibilities and assess the impacts of the current OHS situation. The results of the assessment will be used to prepare by a coordinated programme of actions on: i) institutional roles and responsibilities; ii) data collection and reporting, and iii) building capacity of the public and private sectors. The consultant will be required to support the implementation of priority tasks.

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eC2: INDONESIA Health Security Financing Assessment

Deadline: 08-Oct-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Indonesia has made substantial progress on implementing the International Health Regulation (IHR) 2005 and just conducted a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) which identified priority gaps to improve its IHR core capacities. Recognizing the need for sustainable financing for health security, Indonesia is committing to taking part on a health security financing assessment. The World Bank is providing technical assistance to the Government of Indonesia to implement the health financing security assessment tool (HSFAT) that has been developed for countries conduct the assessment. The assignment is focusing on the following (i) quantitative analysis of the Financing for Health Security Components, especially at the sub national level (Province and District level); (ii) qualitative information on planning and budgeting processes, organization arrangement, and (iii) case study on recent outbreak in Indonesia. Data collection will be done in selected provinces (probably 2) and one district from each selected province.
For this assignment, the firm will be working in close coordination with the World Bank team currently working on the Central level health security financing.
The firm will work with the Technical Task Force (TTF) to involve other relevant agencies in both the public, private sectors and community based organization that need to be included in the assessment.

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