Improving Local Health Systems for Global Health Results: Translating Stronger Local Governance Into Sustainable Health Results

 LPSI News posted by Administrator
 June 13, 2014


IDG Event, June 2014 - Over the past decade considerable research and efforts have focused on the obstacles to effective local health care delivery, including improvements in health governance and finance. At the same time, numerous efforts are underway to improve the effectiveness of local governance institutions. It is increasingly clear that sustainable and effective interventions cannot succeed if isolated in these stovepipes.

The "inclusive development" focus of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals presents an opportunity to more effectively localize health interventions and strengthen global health results by bringing together the knowledge and expertise from two different communities of practice - health services and decentralized local governance. As part of the Local Public Sector Initiative, this is the objective of UI's efforts on local health systems.

In this context, the Urban Institute in Washington hosted an Expert Roundtable on June 13, 2014, to ask three closely related questions:

  • What is the current state of knowledge on the role of local health governance and local health systems in global health outcomes? What are gaps in knowledge?
  • What is the current state of practice with respect to improving the governance of local health systems?
  • What steps need to be taken in order to translate the existing state of knowledge into sustainable results through more effective and sustainable development interventions?
  • The Roundtable was attended by leading experts and practitioners in the field of health governance and health finance. The roundtable was structured into a series of group discussions, prompted by a short presentation from one of the assembled experts.

    Panelist included Jamie Boex (UI); Tom Bossert, (Harvard School of Public Health); Chas Cadwell (UI); Rena Eichler, (Broad Branch Associates); Eunice Heredia (DAI); Jeremy Kanthor (HFG); Ken Leonard (University of Maryland); Laura Pavlovic (USAID); François Vaillancourt (Université de Montréal); Damien de Walque (World Bank); and Serdar Yilmaz (World Bank).

    Follow this link for the roundtable agenda; materials; discussions and conclusions.