The GFF Civil Society Coordinating Group, Africa Health Budget Network, Open Society Foundations, and CORE Group hosted a webinar to look at GFF financing, in the wider context of health financing for UHC, and to share civil society experiences of undertaking health financing advocacy. This webinar is part of a series of webinars aimed at strengthening civil society engagement in the GFF process.
Domestic public funds to finance health in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) has decreased over the past 15 years. The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda brings into sharp contrast the need to increase revenue raising from a range of sources including government budgets. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) was set up as a mechanism fill the financing gap for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) in part by increasing the efficiency of health financing and by leveraging domestic resources for WCAH. So what might be learned from GFF implementation, and civil society’s engagement in that space, to inform wider health financing efforts? Participation was invited from groups working on GFF but also those with a broader focus on health financing at global or country level.
Speakers included Matt Jowett, WHO; Aminu Magashi Garba, Africa Health Budget Network; Josea Rono, E&K Consulting Firm; Karrar Karrar, Save the Children, and; Lisa Seidelmann, Wemos.