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Webinar: Assessing country progress in health financing: a qualitative approach
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When: Friday, October 4th
7:00 AM ET
Where: Online
Presenter: Matthew Jowett; Soonman Kwon
Contact: iHEA

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Assessing country progress in health financing: a qualitative approach

Presented by the Financing for Universal Health Coverage SIG

Objectives of the webinar:

  • To introduce a systematic qualitative approach to assessing country progress in health financing
  • To understand early efforts, lessons, and results of country implementation


1.   “How do we know if countries are making progress in health financing policy? A new qualitative assessment”
Matthew Jowett, PhD, Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO – Geneva

2.   “An application of the Health Financing Progress Matrix in four countries: Laos, Myanmar, Peru, Tanzania”
Soonman Kwon, PhD, Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University

3.   Q &A
Moderated by Elina Dale, PhD, Health Financing Technical Officer, WHO – Geneva



Matthew Jowett is a Senior Health Financing Specialist with the World Health Organization based in Geneva. He works on a range of health financing policy issues in coordination with WHO Regional Offices; he has recently supported the development of health financing reforms in Sudan and Iran, as well as region-wide initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean and South-East Asian regions. Matthew leads the teams development of capacity building support to member states, including both face-to-face, e-learning, and blended capacity building activities. He spent six years in the WHO Regional Office for Europe, where he was closely involved in reforms in Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia. He was also part of a team advising Ministries of Health on responses to the recent financial crisis in Western Europe. Prior to joining WHO, Matthew spent seven years in India and the Philippines working as a health financing policy specialist, and prior to that worked in Africa before taking a post as a researcher at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK. His Ph.D. thesis analysed early attempts in Vietnam to extend the Vietnamese National Health Insurance programme to workers not in salaried employment.

Soonman Kwon is Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University (SNU) in the Republic of Korea, and has held visiting positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, London School of Economics, University of Toronto, University of Bremen, and Peking University. He was the Chief of the Health Sector Group in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is the founding director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health System and Financing. He is the president of the Korean Health Economic Association and was presidents of the Korean Association of Schools of Public Health and of the Korean Gerontological Society. He is the Associate Editor of Health Policy (Elsevier), and was the editor of the Korean Journal of Public Health and the Korean Journal of Health Economics.  He has been a member of board or advisory committees of Health Systems Global (HSG), WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, GAVI, and WHO Centre for Health Development. He has occasionally been a short-term consultant of WHO, World Bank, and GIZ for health system and financing in over 30 countries. He holds PhD in health economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1993) and taught at the University of Southern California School of Public Policy.

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