Launch of The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing PHC in LMICs, 5 April

4 April, 2022

Dear Colleagues

Please do join us tomorrow (5 April) for the launch of The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care at 12:00 UTC / 13:00 BST.

Primary health care (PHC) is a key component of all high-performing health systems, an essential foundation for universal health coverage (UHC), and a prerequisite for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

When successfully delivered, PHC can improve health equity and, by fostering good health and reducing risk of disease, it can avert the need for expensive secondary and tertiary health care. This limits the financial burden of health care for households and saves costs for governments.

The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing PHC, comprising 22 expert members, has examined key challenges to identify effective, proven ways of strengthening financing for PHC in low- and middle-income countries. It features new evidence and analyses that point to actionable policies to support LMICs in raising, allocating, and channelling resources in support of the delivery of effective, efficient, and equitable, people-centred PHC.

At the global launch event, authors will present key findings and recommendations from the report, followed by a high-level panel discussion and audience Q&A.

The launch will feature several distinguished speakers, including:

Vishal Chauhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Tamar Gabunia, First Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia

Shabir Moosa, Member of the Executive Committee of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) and Executive Coordinator of the African Forum for Primary Health Care

Aminu Magashi Garba, Founder and Coordinator, Africa Health Budget Network

Anne Mills, Deputy Director and Professor of Health Economic and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Kara Hanson, Professor of Health System Economics, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Chair of The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing PHC

We hope you will join us:

Tom Barker

Health and Nutrition Cluster

Institute of Development Studies

Twitter: @futurehealthsys

HIFA profile: Tom Barker is Communications Manager, Health Systems Global at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Tom has 15 years’ experience working in knowledge brokering, research communication, policy engagement, and parliamentary influencing in the UK health and international development policy arenas. Tom manages a portfolio of health and nutrition projects working in Sub- Saharan Africa and Asia, including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, China, India and Bangladesh, including Future Health Systems, and is currently Communications Manager for Health Systems Global. Previously Tom managed a research knowledge brokering network for the UK National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme; facilitated engagements with the UK Parliament for the NHS Confederation, a membership body for NHS organisations; and ran the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health. Tom has an MSc Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.