SPARC: Strategic Purchasing - June Bulletin


Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource CenterJune 2019 Bulletin

SPARC provides coaching support to Kenya's UHC agenda The Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center provided mentoring and facilitation support to an expert panel at the request of the Kenyan Ministry of Health during recent efforts to reform and re-position Kenya’s National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) as a strategic purchaser of health services. 

The expert panel was tasked with reviewing progress made in the implementation of recommendations from previous NHIF reform efforts and proposing the way forward to ensure the NHIF can serve as a strategic purchaser to advance Kenya’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals. SPARC’s Executive Director, Mr. Nathaniel Otoo, served as an embedded mentor to the panel, drawing on his experience leading Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme and from partaking in a similar reform in Ghana, to offer support on how the panel organized its work, its approach to engaging key stakeholders, and how best to translate global evidence and learnings into the Kenya context. SPARC also collaborated with other partners, such as the World Health Organization and Clinton Health Access Initiative, to ensure all partner support to the panel was well coordinated. 

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SPARC pitches strategic purchasing to African family doctors

SPARC partnered with the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) at the 6th AFRICA Regional Conference, which was held June 6-8, 2019 in Kampala, Uganda to elevate the importance of strategic purchasing among family doctors in Africa. WONCA, an international association of family physicians, aims to highlight primary health care, within the context of family medicine, as a key pillar of the global UHC agenda. The conference was attended by family physicians from all over Africa.

In his address to the conference, WONCA President Professor Shabir Moosa expressed his excitement for SPARC's participation in the conference and the potential for a partnership between WONCA and SPARC to build the capacity of African family doctors in