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Webinar on ‘Financing in Primary Health Care’: Part of our series on Strengthening PHC in Low and Middle Income Countries

April 20, 2022:- 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EAT

Join us!!! for our next live webinar of our series on Strengthening Primary Health Care Systems in LMICs. Our topic for this installment is ‘Financing Primary Health Care’, with speakers joining us from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, USAID/Madagascar, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Karuna Trust.

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    Here is a brief bio of our speakers:

Saran Ellis

Saran joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (the foundation) as an Ethiopia-based Program Officer in September 2017. As a member of the Ethiopia Integrated Health team, she supports the foundation’s Primary Health Care systems strengthening work, focusing on health care financing and supply chain management strategies.

Saran brings to the foundation several years of varied public health experience in the Africa region, and has worked in general project management, Human Resources for Health (HRH), Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI), and health systems strengthening programs. Before joining the foundation, Saran worked in Zambia, including several years with Population Services International (PSI), providing leadership for a US Department of Defense-funded male circumcision program, while simultaneously developing and managing PSI’s overall QA/QI system approach for clinical service delivery programs. Prior to that, she was seconded to the University of Zambia’s medical school (through the University of Alabama) to support management of PEPFAR’s HRH program – Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and also taught Health Economics in the Division of Nursing Education. Preceding Zambia, Saran worked in Ethiopia on a nationwide hospital reform program, supporting guidelines and standards development and providing technical assistance to hospitals on implementation, a collaboration of CHAI and Yale University. She started her professional career at the World Bank in Washington, DC where she was a Fixed Income Investment Analyst in the Treasury Department.

Her academic background includes a Bachelors in Economics from Trinity College, a Masters in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and Masters in Public Health from Yale University.

Kara Hanson

Kara is Professor of Health System Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She has worked in a range of settings in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, since her first job, which was as ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Health, Swaziland, in 1988. Kara did a doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health and joined LSHTM in 1997. She is interested in the role of the private sector in health systems, and in identifying the opportunities and limitations of the private sector in improving the efficiency, quality and responsiveness of health systems. This includes a particular interest in novel approaches to regulation, particularly in relation to market disruptions such as provider consolidation and e-pharmacy. Amongst many other areas, Kara also works on health financing reforms, particularly the way that strategic purchasing can help to improve health system outcomes.

Eshete Yilma

Eshete has more than 25 years of professional experience in the areas of health systems strengthening, health policy and Health sector financing. Prior to retiring from USAID/Ethiopia, he served as Health System Strengthening Team Leader in USAID/E for seven years, Deputy Health Team leader for five years. Also served as Cognizant Technical Officer (COTR) for the flagship Integrated Family Health Program (USD 50 Million five-year FP/RH-MNCH program), Health Sector Financing Project and several health systems strengthening projects. He has actively engaged in setting up Government of Ethiopia’s health financing and health systems strengthening initiatives. Worked in Afghanistan USAID Mission (2014/15) and formulated Health Sector Resiliency project, which consists of health financing, governance and health workforce. He initiated the creation of Health Systems Team at USAID/E Mission and led the implementation of several USAID HSS projects. He was instrumental and the main technical leader for health financing reform in Ethiopia and received lifetime award from the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia for his achievement. After retiring from USAID in June 2018, worked as a consultant for World Bank, USAID, DFID (OPM) and CORDAID conducting project evaluations, need assessments and suggesting recommendations for strategic interventions. Currently he is working as a consultant for USAID/Madagascar, in the areas of health financing and health systems strengthening. He has MA in Economics and Post Graduate Diploma in Development Planning Techniques.

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April 20, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EAT
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