Course on health systems strengthening for improved TB prevention and care

19–23 November 2018, Barcelona, Spain

The 3rd  WHO Barcelona course on health systems strengthening for improved tuberculosis (TB) prevention and care covers a wide range of health system functions from service delivery, through financing, to governance including change management. Those are addressed in an integrative whole-system framework with emphasis on system diagnostics and alignment of policy tools.

Combining theory and practice, the course comprises 5 modules spread over 5 days:

  1. Analyzing and diagnosing health system performance
  2. Improving service delivery and people-centred TB prevention and care
  3. Health system financing with a focus on TB prevention and care
  4. Improving governance and management of change for better implementation
  5. Undertaking a course-long exercise on the participant’s own country.

The course is offered by WHO/Europe’s Division of Health Systems and Public Health, through the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening.


The core training team will comprise:

  • Rifat Atun, Professor of Global Health Systems, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
  • Tamás Evetovits, Course Director, Head of WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO/Europe
  • Triin Habicht, Health Financing Expert, WHO Consultant
  • Ainura Ibraimova, Project Director, USAID/Abt Associates
  • Hans Kluge, Director, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO/Europe
  • Alexandre Lourenço, President of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre, Nova School of Business and Economics
  • Ihor Perehinets, Technical Adviser, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO/Europe
    Szabolcs Szigeti, Module Leader, Health System Policy Officer, WHO Country Office in Hungary, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO/Europe
  • Martin van den Boom, Module Leader, Technical Officer, Joint Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis Programme, Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, WHO/Europe

In addition to the core team of trainers and module leaders, invited experts and facilitators will contribute to the delivery of the course
Target groups and priority countries

The primary target group of the course includes national focal points for the Tuberculosis Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project (TB-REP) and members of national working groups on TB-REP in particular, including:

  • decision makers;
  • senior officials and high-level health system administrators from ministries of health and finance;
  • managers of national TB programmes;
  • health insurance funds and managers of service delivery organizations;
  • experts and leaders playing key roles in the implementation of health system reforms related to TB prevention and care.

Priority is given to applicants from the 11 TB-REP countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

A limited number of places will be available for experts from international organizations supporting TB-REP countries.
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