Our Top Reads for 2018
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Ethiopia's Emerging HIV Financing Gap: The Need for Increased Domestic Funding 

Ethiopia has made tremendous progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, but will declining investments for HIV stall, or even reverse, this progress? Gift this read

Is Health Insurance Coverage Associated with Improved Family Planning Access?
What is the relationship, if any, between insurance coverage and the use and availability of modern contraceptives? Is insurance status associated with improved family planning access among the poor? Gift this read

Options to Finance the Rapid Scale-Up of the HIV Response in Indonesia

Amid declines in donor funding and plans for an ambitious scale-up of its HIV response, what aspects of HIV service delivery could Indonesia incorporate into its national health insurance scheme and what role will local governments need to play?
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Has Indonesia's National Health Insurance Scheme Improved Access to Maternal and Newborn Health Services?

Maternal and newborn health (MNH) services are now under the umbrella of Indonesia's national health insurance scheme. Has it improved access and can it help the country improve MNH outcomes and overcome quality of care challenges? Gift this read.
Expanding Markets while Improving Health in Indonesia: The Private Health Sector Market in the JKN Era

What is the relationship between Indonesia's national health insurance scheme,  Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional ( JKN), and the private sector? Do JKN policies and processes promote efficiency and private-sector growth and participation? Is the private sector succeeding in expanding access to high-quality healthcare at an affordable cost? Gift this read.

Financial Implications of Paying for Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare Services for Vulnerable Populations in Tanzania

Is expanding coverage of a fully subsidized package of maternal and neonatal health services feasible in Tanzania? We argue it is.  Gift this read

Analysis of the Health Financing System in Madagascar (French)

Can Madagascar enact policies and increase budgetary efficiency to reach more of its population with an essential package of high-quality health services that is financed to maximize financial protection for the poor and vulnerable? Peek inside this detailed look at the country's health financing system. Gift this read.
Costing of Malawi's Second Health Sector Strategic Plan Using the OneHealth Tool

Malawi's Health Sector Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022 aims to put in place a free essential health package. But, what will it cost, how can this costing data help Malawi prioritize its health interventions, and how can the country reduce costs? Gift this read.

Tanzania's Improved Community Health Fund: An Analysis of Scale-Up Plans and Design

Tanzania's  Improved Community Health Fund (iCHF) aims to improve access to health services for the poor and vulnerable. What financing implications does the iCHF face as it readies for national rollout? Gift this read.
Analysis of Cost Escalation at the National Health Insurance Fund in Tanzania

If the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is to be a pathway for outward expansion of health insurance in Tanzania, it will need to stabilize costs. What's driving these rising costs and how can the NHIF improve its management to achieve a more sustainable and efficient scheme? Gift this read

More Good Reads from the Blogosphere
Financing the Health Systems of the Future: A Proposed Framework for Including Non-Communicable Diseases 

Worldwide, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for nearly three-quarters of deaths--a number that will grow to more than 80 percent by 2040. Will low  and low- and middle-income countries be able to find ways to finance health systems that address their countries' pressing health needs, inclusive of NCDs? 

by Arin Dutta, HP+ and Caroline Ly, USAID/Office of Health Systems