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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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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eC2: PNG Hospital PPP – Legal Consultant

Deadline: 21-Aug-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Government of the Papua New Guinea has requested IFC to assist the Papua New780-439-amrcapture Guinea Treasury and the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority, to assess the potential to develop, finance, upgrade, operate and maintain the Mt Hagen Hospital under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) transaction (The Project).

The objective of the PPP is to enhance the infrastructure and operations and maintenance at Mt Hagen Hospital, to improve the delivery of health care services at the Hospital. The Project will focus on addressing the infrastructure requirements stemming from underinvestment and lack of adequate maintenance programs, and the potential to include non-clinical and some selected clinical services in the scope of the Project.

IFC is seeking the services of a qualified legal consultant to support its transaction advisory team on developing and implementing the tender for this project.

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eC2: Analysis of and support to health service delivery at sub-national levels

Deadline: 26-Jul-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Analysis of planning, budgeting and executing for basic health services (including maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489management of demand side care services such as maternity incentive scheme and procurement of medicines/equipment). The analysis will be based on prepared information collection instruments, data forms, records of interviews with stakeholders and direct observation. The methodology will be a mix of quantitative and qualitative methodology.
Regular (quarterly) visits to a panel of selected municipalities over a period of about 1 year for one entire cycle from implementing 2018/2019 budget to planning/approval of 2019/2020 budget. The municipalities would be selected to represent the different provinces and different ecological zones (lowlands, hills, and mountainous). The participation of the municipalities would be voluntary. Municipalities with active support from other development partners in health sector planning and budgeting would not be appropriate.
As an input to the 2019/2020 budget cycle, advisory support to the relevant authorities in the panel of municipalities in terms of the planning and budget of basic health services based on lessons learned over the year. Recommendations to the federal authorities in terms of service disruptions that could be alleviated by federal-level action.

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eC2: Efficiency of county health systems in Kenya

maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489Deadline: 15-Mar-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of this consultancy is to conduct an in-depth analysis of county health systems to better understand the causes of (in) efficiencies in four selected case study counties and identify potential mechanisms to improve performance. The study is expected to take place between March to August 2018.

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eC2: Process evaluation of Early Child Development accompanying measures to the Safety Nets Program in Niger

Deadline: 02-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)maternal-and-child-healthcare-shofco-dec18-4489

Objective: The Government of Niger, with support from the World Bank, is currently implementing a Safety Nets Program that provides cash transfers and promotes behavioral change measures conducive to early child development and nutrition.
A process evaluation will assess the fidelity including quality of implementation of the behavioral change component in the second phase of the program. The evaluation will also seek a better understanding of linkages with health, education and civil registration services that work on early child development and how these can be strengthened. The mixed methods approach of the evaluation will entail observations of program activities, as well as focus group discussions and interviews with program actors and beneficiaries. The process evaluation is tentatively planned to be implemented in January/February 2018, with preparatory activities started in 2017.

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eC2: Health Systems Strengthening for Better Maternal and Child Health Results

Deadline: 06-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The World Bank Group now invites eligible firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc. for firms; CV and cover letter for individuals). Please note that the total size of all attachments should be less than 5MB. Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.

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eC2: Multi-stakeholder platform for knowledge sharing on access solutions for innovative medicines

Deadline: 31-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

 

The initial scope and purpose of the multi-stakeholder platform for knowledge sharing medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]on access solutions for innovative medicines (henceforth, the Platform) will be to develop and share knowledge and tools for smarter decision making on access strategies for patented medicines for NCDs, through a collaborative approach. The Platform will leverage the pharmaceutical industry’s capacity for developing innovative access solutions and the World Banks role as a strategic long term partner for developing countries and its convening power, to create a reference policy and implementation framework and decision-making tools for maximizing reach of new treatments for populations that typically would not have access to patented medicines, ultimately driving uptake of voluntary access strategies in developing countries.

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