Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, October 1

11:30 am – 13:00 pm – Auditorium 2

Can Community Based Health Insurance Work as a Pathway to Universal Health Coverage? What Lessons Can We Learn to Inform Country Decision Making?”

Within a focus on people-centred health systems, community-based health insurance
might seem a useful way to ensure inclusion of community and patient perspectives
toward the development of universal health coverage. However, popular wisdom has
focused on conflicts between community-based and national insurance approaches.
This panel presents data from the successful case of Rwanda, experience of China’s
rural health insurance development and a case-study of how Ghana weighed options to
decide on an alternative model.

Moderator: Rodrigo Moreno-Serra, Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Sheffield


  • Zina Jarrah, DrPH Candidate, Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Hong Wang, Senior Program Officer, Gates Foundation
  • Kwesi Eghan, Portfolio Manager, Center for Pharmaceutical Management, MSH


  • Joseph Kutzin, Coordinator, Health Financing Policy, World Health Organization
  • San San Aye, Director, Department of Health Planning, Ministry of Health, Myanmar

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Room 1.63-1.64

“Governance That Enables Evidence for Stronger Health Systems and Greater Health Outcomes” 

This session will share insights from recent international roundtables on the value of good governance in creating conditions in which health services research is more likely to flourish and yield stronger health system performance. Themes addressed include the challenge of measuring the impact of good governance; the power of women’s engagement in modern governance in the journey to universal health coverage and equity; lessons about governance practices that enable sustainable health services research for health systems performance.

  • Dr. James Rice, Director, Leadership, Management and Governance Project, MSH
  • Dr. Reshma Trasi, M&E Director, LMG Project, MSH
  • Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba, Former Director General Health South Africa and Board Member, Discovery Health (TBC)
  • Taylor Williamson, Health Policy Project and RTI International

Thursday, October 2

4:30 PM – 6:00 pm, Roof Terrace

“The Challenges of  Corruption, Accountability, and Partnerships in People-Centered Health Systems” 

The session presents a conceptual framework addressing primary health care governance, a realist synthesis on social accountability and considers the role of district managers and partnerships with faith-based providers in people-centred health systems.


  • Meghan Guida, M&E Specialist, LMG Project, Management Sciences for Health

Friday, October 3

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Auditorium 2

The Role of Financing in Improving Access to Health Care: Experiences from Indonesia, Myanmar, Rwanda, and other countries.” 

The effectiveness of a cohesive health strategy depends on various factors, including
a continued emphasis on principles of social protection and universality. This session
describes the needs and challenges of key financing strategies to improve access to care under such principles. Specific interventions described include one example related to district health planning and budgeting in Myanmar, the socio-economic burden of TB in Indonesia, the impact of social health insurance on access and equity in Rwanda, and the implementation of integrated community case management in several African countries.

Moderator: Michael Myers, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation


  • Dr. San San Aye, Director, Department of Health Planning, Ministry of Health, Myanmar
  • Colin Gilmartin, Technical Officer, Center for Health Services, MSH
  • David Collins, Senior Prinicpal Technical Advisor, MSH
  • Uzaib Saya, Senior Technical Officer, Center for Health Services, MSH

11:30 AM – 13:00 PM, Auditorium 2

“Building Collaborative and Equitable Governance Mechanisms: Experiences Strengthening Health Committees in Diverse Health Systems Contexts”

Health committees are one of the most widely implemented community-level accountability mechanisms. They represent multiple constituencies at community, facility or district levels, ideally bringing together diverse community members, health workers and administrators, to better understand and respond to community and health workers needs. Drawing from research across diverse settings, the session will consider how effectively these governance mechanisms broker different interests from multiple constituencies and contexts. 


  • Dr. Mahesh Shukla, Public Sector Governance Senior Technical Advisor, LMG Project, Afghanistan, MSH