The Challenge of Universal Health Coverage – 2013 Global Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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The World Bank Institute (WBI) Global Flagship course on “The Challenge of Universal Health Coverage – Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing” is targeted to country teams of mid-level and high-level health and finance policy-makers, development partners and other key stakeholders. 

Many countries and agencies are committed to the goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This eight-day course will apply the Flagship analytic framework to enable structured and strategic thinking about how to move health systems towards UHC.

The core faculty from Harvard and Oxford Universities, the World Bank Institute and World Health Organization will be joined by experts from Japan and other experienced practitioners to teach and facilitate the course.

During the course, policy-makers from ministries of Health and Finance and their development partners will engage in systematic analysis of the challenges, opportunities and potential risks associated with using different policy levers to move health systems towards universal coverage. The course approach and purpose is not advocacy but analysis. During eight days of intensive interaction with peers and faculty, participants apply tools and concepts to assess where their health systems are relative to their coverage and financial protection goals, the determinants of progress and health system performance, and feasible policy options to progress towards UHC.

The language of instruction is English, and all course materials are in English.  Participants are expected to be able to read, understand and speak English fluently enough to participate fully in course discussions and group work. No translation facilities are available.
 

The course premise is that Universal Health Coverage is not an end in itself, but a means—a means to better health, financial protection, and user satisfaction. Moreover, there are different ways to achieve Universal Health Coverage. A country’s starting point – defined by its existing patterns of financing, service delivery and financial protection mechanisms, as well as each country’s economic, political and social situation – determines which options are feasible.

Participants will consider the extent to which different population groups have access to the health services they need, and their level of financial protection when using those services. The course will emphasize that what really matters is not coverage “in principle” or “on paper,” but the actual, effective availability of health services, taking into account the costs to users and payers, and service quality/effectiveness. Affordability is always a concern and a constraint. New policies and programs aimed at achieving universal health coverage may generate future entitlements and expectations that can easily overwhelm systems. This makes it essential to ensure that new entitlements are matched by expansions of services – whether provided by the private, non-profit or public sectors, and by sustainable financing.  Prevention and health promotion are vital – the healthier the population, the more feasible and affordable is UHC.

The Flagship framework takes participants beyond the design of health systems and their financing to also consider important ethical and political issues, and the different interests of the main groups and stakeholders affected by health policies (e.g., health care providers, patient groups, international pharmaceutical companies, private sector entrepreneurs, etc.).  Most importantly, the Flagship approach focuses attention on implementation issues, such as organization and management, regulation, the design of payment systems, incentives and mechanisms for behavioral change, and the capabilities that are needed for successful implementation of different policy options.

The course methodology uses case studies specifically related to Universal Health Coverage. Group work sessions give participants the opportunity to apply the course concepts and content to the specific situation in their own countries, and to interact with and draw on the experiences of other participants/countries. Participants will gain a clearer sense of the options, opportunities, constraints and priorities in considering the next major steps towards UHC in their country.

Topics/themes that will be discussed/analyzed during the course include:
 

  • What Universal Health Coverage involves and its relationship with ultimate outcomes
  • Different strategies for promoting Universal Coverage
  • The Flagship framework – enhanced to include the health system “building blocks”
  • Ethics and the political economy of Universal Coverage
  • Intermediate outcomes: quality, efficiency and access
  • Financing options for Universal Coverage
  • Paying and reimbursing providers
  • Expanding coverage and the design of benefit packages
  • Setting priorities and controlling expenses
  • The importance of health promotion and prevention in making UHC feasible
  • Improving performance in the public sector to expand coverage
  • Universal Coverage and the private sector: contracting and regulation
  • Leadership for implementing change

 

Places will be offered to 70 applicants. Applications will close on September 30th 2013, however, review of applications and offers of places begin on August 20 so early application is advised.  Preference will be given to teams of health and health-finance policy-makers and key stakeholder partners from low-and middle-income countries– please state in your application if you are part of a country team.

The tuition fee is USD 2,000 per participant, which also includes course materials, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks during the course, and a dinner reception. Participants or their sponsors are also responsible for the cost of travel to Tokyo, airport transfers, accommodation, some meals, and incidentals.

The course will take place at Mita Kaigisho, a Government conference center in the center of Tokyo. A preferential rate of approximately US$150/night equivalent has been negotiated with a nearby hotel; details will be provided to applicants to whom places are offered.

Participants need to arrive no later than Sunday, 8th December, and should not leave before 5pm on Tuesday 17th December.

Our collaborating center in Japan, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), will provide detailed information on how to apply for a visa if you require one. (Information on visa requirements for Japan can be found here)

Target Audience: Country teams of mid-level and high-level health and finance policy-makers, development partners and other key stakeholders. 
Course Format: Facilitated
Course Theme: Health
Sub-Theme: Universal Health Coverage
Language: English
Time Commitment: eight-day course
Amount: USD 2,000 per participant, which also includes course materials, lunch and coffee breaks during the course, and a dinner reception.  Participants or their sponsors are also responsible for the cost of travel to Tokyo, airport transfers, accommodation, some meals, and incidentals.
Contact Name: Joy de Beyer

Comments (20)

Flagship course

Following up on this very important training and would like to be on your mailing list should the online course window open..I am a public health Physician , working with the National Primary healthcare Devt Agency of Nigeria ( parastatal of FMOH)

Universal health coverage topics

Dividing my time between Washington,DC & New Delhi, I've kept up with the developments in global health for 33 years,upto & including recent massive system failures leading to the US Gov't shut down.
India is a different game-vastly more complicated, as well as complex. I am intent upon attending all your conferences & workshops, as well as networking with the movers & shakers:great minds, who fearlessly keep up our spirits and minds in making Universal healthcare a reality, in law and life. That said, please inform me of the calender of activities, at your earliest, kindly.
Best regards...Das/

Waiting list

Dear Sir,

I was informed by email that I am on the waiting list , when will the waiting list be finilised?

Thank you

Applications closed, and course is (over) full

Dear All,
We really hate to disappoint you, but all places for the Flagship course in Tokyo have been allocated. As soon as the course is over, we are going to start work on an e-learning course that will be open to everyone who is interested. We will post an announcement when the course is ready, but it will take quite a few months.
Regards, Joy de Beyer

Inquiry on Registration

Sir/Madam,

May I know if one can be registered and pay onsite after entry permit is issued?
This offer is a sponsorship from the NGO Consortium on Health in Ghana through the ministry, and we're bent on asking for options that would help our case this time.
I am a health promotion and education director at the ministry of Health in Ghana considered among other practitioners for the course. I am interested in the upcoming Tokyo Flagship Course "The Challenge of Universal Health Coverage – 2013 Global Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing". However, just like other previous attempts, we fear losing registration fees once more due to undue extensive visa delays and refusals that met us in the past even as public work officials.
May I please have an urgent advice. Thanks

Available places left in the training

Pls advise if there are any places left in this training course.
Thank you

The Challenges of Universal Health Coverage - Health Systems Str

Process check for course registration ....please share milestones prior to Dec 9, 2013

STATUS OF MY APPLICATION

I HAVE BEEN EXPECTING A RESPONSE FROM THE SELECTION COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION FOR THIS FLAGSHIP COURSE. THE START DATE IS JUST ABOUT TWO MONTHS AND ONE NEED TO GET STARTED ON TIME. HAVE GOTTEN DETAILS ABOUT THE JAPANESE VISA REQUIREMENT. THE COURSE FEES IS READY FOR TRANSFER AND OTHER LOGISTICS I AM WAITING FOR THE OUTCOME OF THE SELECTION EXERCISE TO START THE VISA APPLICATION PROCESS IN TIME. EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.

Application status

Would you kindly inform me about the status of my application. I need to plan in advance. My employer is willing to sponsor pending the receipt of official acceptance letter. The course is crucial to my work and is highly relevant at this point in time of our country looking at UHC and NHI.

Regards.

Status

I (K. Radha Krishnam Raju) from Hyderabad, India have submitted my application for the course, I would like to know the status regarding the selection of my application. Also request for information on sponsorship for the program.

Warm Regards,
K. Radha Krishnam Raju

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