Seventh training course to improve health systems’ performance

A. Abdraimova, Health Policy Analysis Centre, Kyrgyzstan

Participants from eight countries on the flagship course

WHO/Europe is hosting the seventh annual flagship course on strengthening health systems in Barcelona, Spain. The 47 health professionals attending – from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – bring the total number of participants since the course’s inception to almost 500.

The eight-day training course focuses on how to improve health systems’ performance through improved health financing and service delivery. The issues covered include:

  • the health policy cycle and national health plan development;
  • health systems’ goals and functions;
  • monitoring and evaluation to assess health systems’ performance;
  • use of health-financing instruments – including revenue collection, pooling, purchasing and benefit-package design – to increase financial protection, equity, quality and efficiency; and
  • use of public–private partnerships in service delivery for more efficient and higher-quality care.

The course is a joint activity of WHO/Europe, the World Bank Institute and the Health Policy Analysis Centre in Kyrgyzstan. It enables senior officials and health-sector stakeholders to discuss current and future challenges in a setting that provides a rare and unique opportunity to interact with policy-makers. A mixture of facilitated debate and presentations from experts and the participating countries ensures that practical experience and good practices are shared. The course is conducted in Russian.

The organizing partners are discussing the dates and venue of the eighth flagship course, and WHO/Europe plans to hold an advanced course on health financing in English in spring 2011.