Internaitonal Health

Moving Towards Universal Health Coverage in Africa

As part of Abt's role in making health care financially accessible to all and improving health outcomes, the Abt-led  Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project participated in the third African Health Economic and Policy Association International Scientific Conference. Over 200 participants came together to discuss movement towards universal health coverage in Africa and the post-2015 African health agenda.

Partnership between the State and Community-based Health Insurance in Senegal

Community-based health insurance schemes in Senegal have received very limited support from the government in the past, but that is about to change. Abt Associates, through its USAID-funded Health System Strengthening project (HSS), has been providing technical assistance to Senegal's Ministry of Health for the development of a strategic plan towards universal health coverage. It has become one of the highest priorities of the government in the health sector.

Sub-Saharan Africa's Health Financing Outlook

High-level advocacy to mobilize more funding for health dominated the first decade of the new millennium, from the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health in 2001 to the Task force on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems in 2009. During the same decade, some African countries experienced unprecedented economic growth as well as improvements in governance, trade, health status, and life expectancy. Abt's HFG project explores this topic even further in a new report entitled Universal Coverage of Essential Health Services in Sub-Saharan Africa: Projections of Domestic Resources.


Read the Full Report...


Abt at AIDS 2014
Melbourne, Australia: July 20-25 
Please join us at the International AIDS Conference where - among other activities - we will host a satellite session entitled: Improving Outcomes Along the HIVCare Continuum: Getting Services to Hard-to-Reach Populations in Vietnam, Mozambique and the U.S. 
This satellite session, scheduled for July 20 from 9 - 11 am, features keynote speaker Dr. Chris Beyrer, IAS President-Elect, and will look at the issues affecting service provision. 

Abt is also participating in the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on AIDS Private Sector Breakfast, co-sponsored with our subsidiary Abt JTA, on July 22 from 7 - 9 am.

Our work is featured in oral presentations and posters including: "Strengthening the District Level Health System to Deliver Quality HIV Clinical Services"; "Investments in HIV and AIDS Are Paying Off by Reducing Incidence and Mortality"; and "Where Will the Money Come From? Assessing Alternatives to HIV Donor Funding."

Visit us at Booth #105!
Diana R. Silimperi
Welcome to the second edition of Global Health: Innovation to Impact, the E-newsletter of Abt Associates' International Health Division. Every quarter we share innovations and impacts from our projects worldwide.

This issue concentrates on our work related to promoting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) - that is, ensuring people's access to essential health services without the risk of impoverishment. With the conversation intensifying around the post-MDG development agenda, UHC continues to gain support as a potential new health goal, as evidenced by a the recent high-level World Bank/WHO forum Toward UHC in 2030.

Abt Associates works with our country partners to advance their UHC priorities while also strengthening their health systems. We focus on the financing, service delivery, quality improvement, and equity aspects of achieving UHC, while supporting comprehensive, integrated country strategies to drive sustainable progress.


In particular, Abt is supporting dozens of countries by providing expertise in measuring progress toward health systems goals, reducing financial barriers to accessing care, promoting private sector engagement, and applying proven tools, such as National Health Accounts, to support evidence-based health policy making and cost-effective resource allocation.


Enjoy this issue! We look forward to your comments.



Diana R. Silimperi, MD 

Division Vice President



Addressing Hot Topics
Catherine Connor, Carlos Avila, Josef Tayag, Karishmah Bhuwanee, Thierry van Bastelaer: George Washington Mini-University Health Finance
Jeff Barnes: Experience from Nigeria
Laurel Hatt, Abebe Alabachew, Anne Juillet, Clovis Konan, Justin Tine, Sophie Faye, Matt Kukla, and Sharon Nakhimovsky 


Upcoming Events


Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths 
On June 25, Abt will be participating in two special events demonstrating our commitment to ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Throughout the day, a number of Abt staff, including our International Health Division's VP, Diana R. Silimperi, will be joining representatives from USAID, the Government of Ethiopia, UNICEF and other key partners in Acting on the Call, a forum that celebrates the progress, assesses the challenges that remain, and identifies the steps needed to sustain momentum in the future for maternal and child health.
That evening, the 5th Birthday and Beyond Campaign will hold a Capitol Hill reception calling on members of Congress to continue to support and celebrate America's global leadership for healthy children. Abt is part of the coalition in supporting the campaign and giving voice to the remarkable story of child survival and global health. while also urging continued action.


The SHOPS Project's mHealth Case Studies and Lessons Learned

The Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project has invested in mobile phone interventions to improve health outcomes (mHealth) across the globe. SHOPS has been designing low cost behavior change applications, improving efficiency of monitoring and evaluation, and developing partnerships and business models to sustain interventions. Join SHOPS for a special mHealth session on June 17 in Washington, D.C. at 1:00pm featuring diverse SHOPS mHealth experiences. To register for the panel, visit the event web page.
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