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Webinar: Universal Health Coverage Panel on COVID-19
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When: Thursday, August 27, 2020
8:30 AM ET
Where: Online
Presenter: Serge Mayaka; Hasbullah Thabrany; Dr. Susan Sparkes
Contact: iHEA

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Universal Health Coverage Panel on COVID-19

Presented by the Financing for Universal Health Coverage Special Interest Group

This webinar will be simultaneously translated from English to French, which is made possible due to a grant by the IDRC


Thursday, August 27, 2020
8:30 AM ET - check your timezone online here

COVID-19 has now spread to nearly every corner of the world and is causing unprecedented health and economic effects in health systems globally.  While early attention focused largely on the public health and epidemiological aspects, the pandemic has also raised some important questions as to how health financing systems can help countries respond, mitigate impact, and recover.  COVID-19 has also challenged priorities to achieve Universal Health Coverage, including the investment into common goods for health, individual vs. public health services, the role of the private health sector, and health financing arrangements.  In this seminar, we plan to bring together economists from Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have dealt with previous outbreaks and/or are currently dealing with the current outbreak as well as a representative of the World Health Organization to learn more about investing in global public goods for outbreak and outbreak response.


Dr. Hasbullah Thabrany, Chief of Party, USAID Health Financing Activity/ThinkWell, Indonesia
“Reimbursement for Covid-19  in the National Health Insurance Scheme"

Hasbullah Thabrany was a professor and former dean of the School of Public Health and former chairman of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Studies, Universitas Indonesia. He is now serving as the Chief of Party of a USAID Project named Health Financing Acitivity in Indonesia aiming for providing evidence base policy to ensure sustainable health financing in Indonesia. This project is implemented by ThinkWell.Global, a health financing corporation based in Washington DC, USA. Mr Thabrany has been working to evaluate the development of non communicable diseases in particular the effect of cigarettes in Indonesia. He has been instrumental in advocating raising cigarette excise to control future NCDs and high medical claim costs for the National Health Insurance (JKN) in Indonesia.

Dr Thabrany worked with RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, from 1992 to 1995. Realising that there was a severe shortage of professionals in health insurance and social security, Dr Thabrany established PAMJAKI (Association of Health Insurance Professionals of Indonesia) in 1998. He served as its chairman until October 2010. He was a key person in reforming health care and social security in Indonesia when he was a secretary of the Task Force for social health insurance reform, established by President Megawati. He publishes a book entitle Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN), detailing the design and current achievement of UHC in Indonesia. He was the Chair of the Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies, Universitas Indonesia. Since the National Health Insurance (JKN) was implemented in 2014, he has been conducting research and evaluation to advocate the JKN to be implemented consistently with the principles of improving access and quality of care. From 2016-2018 he served as Senior Health Financing Adviser to the National Social Security Council (DJSN) under the BANTU—a USAID funded project. He established the Indonesian Health Economic Association in 2013 and becomes the chairman since then.

Dr Thabrany has a medical degree from the Universitas Indonesia and MPH & DrPH degrees from the University of California, at Berkeley, USA.

Dr. Serge Mayaka,  Senior Lecturer,  Public Health School of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
"Impact of the Free Health Care Policy in primary health service utilization during an Ebola outbreak: The case of the DR Congo”

Serge Mayaka is a medical doctor (Kongo University/DRCongo), graduated in Health Economics from the School of Public Health of Kinshasa (University of Kinshasa/DRC) and in Health Systems Policy from the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp (ITM/Belgium); and holds a PhD in Public Health from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in the field of Health Policy and Financing (on the topic of Performance based financing).

Dr. Mayaka has worked for almost 20 years at all levels of the health pyramid of the DRC and has successively held the following positions: national expert in health economics within the project monitoring unit of the DRC Ministry of Health, expert in charge of emergency projects at UNFPA/DRC and as national expert in health economics within the European Fund for Development project in DRC.

He is the administrator of a Congolese consultancy firm in public health and health economics, which has enabled him to carry out numerous consultations for the European Union, the World Bank, Médecins du Monde, Cordaid, GIZ, etc. in various countries (Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, Ivory Coast, Comoros, Chad, Benin, Ghana, Senegal).

He’s currently Associate Professor at the School of Public Health in Kinshasa where he teaches courses in Health Financing and Universal Health Coverage and Health Management/Health Planning, with collaborative projects with Wilfried Laurier University (Waterloo/Canada) and Antwerpen University (Antwerp/Belgium). He is also coordinator of the short course in Health Policy at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM/Belgium). He also supports the WHO office in Ivory Coast as a consultant in health financing and Universal Health Coverage.

He’s the author of several articles on performance-based financing.

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Dr. Susan Sparkes, Health Economist, World Health Organization, Switzerland
"Financing Common Goods for Health: fundamental for health security, foundational for UHC”

Dr. Susan Sparkes (ScD) is health economist on the health financing team at World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva.  She has 15 years of experience in fiscal policy, health financing and health systems reform around the world.  In recent years, her work has focused on issues related to political economy of reform, public goods and the health system efficiency, with a particular focus on Sri Lanka, Ghana and South Africa.  She has worked on fiscal space and health financing policy for the World Bank, as well as on health system issues for the Global Fund, among other organizations.  She is widely published on health financing, health systems and universal health coverage.  She has a Doctorate in health economics from Harvard University, a Master’s in economics from Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s in international political economy from Georgetown University.

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