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Primary health care financing: Lynchpin for achieving Sustainable Development Goals 3?

The LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture Series brings together leading scientists from the UK, Germany and further afield to present cutting-edge research on pressing global health issues and to discuss the implications of their work for policy and practice.

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This tenth event of the LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture series will focus on primary health care (PHC) financing. Our speakers will share insights on how health financing functions apply to PHC financing in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), discuss the impact of performance-based financing for PHC services and explore the issue of equity in financing and using PHC services in South Africa. 

Professor Kara Hanson, Professor of Health System Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy at LSHTM, Dr Wilm Quentin, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Health Care Management at the Technical University of Berlin, and Dr John Ataguba, Associate Professor and Director of the Health Economics Unit at the University of Capetown, will discuss trends, key issues and challenges for PHC financing in the context of the SDGs. 

Ms Birgit Pickel, Deputy Director General for  Global Health, Pandemic Prevention, One Health at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, will moderate the event and provide insights on the policy context for financing primary health care.


Speakers from left to right: Professor Kara Hanson, Dr Wilm Quentin, Dr John Ataguba and Birgit Pickel
Professor Kara Hanson 

Kara Hanson is Professor of Health System Economics and Dean of Faculty of Public Health and Policy at LSHTM. She has over 30 years of experience working on health system financing and organisation in low- and middle-income countries. Her research has addressed resource mobilisation and strategic purchasing, the role of the private sector in health systems in low- and middle-income countries and the economics of malaria and malaria control interventions. She has led a number of large multi-country research programmes and consortia, including Resilient and Responsive health systems (RSYSTS), a DFID-funded research programme consortium. She is co-chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care, and the UHC2030 Transition and Sustainability Working Group. 

Dr Wilm Quentin 

Wilm Quentin is a senior research fellow at the Department of Health Care Management at the Technical University of Berlin and leading the department’s focal area “Global Health” and the German West-African Centre for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention. Wilm is associate editor of the Journal “Health Policy”, and coordinating the Health Reform Monitor section of the WHO European Observatory’s Health System and Policy Monitor network in that journal. He has been a consultant for international Organisations (WHO Regional Office for Europe, WHO Regional Office for Africa, World Bank), national governments (e.g. Slowenia, Belgium) and other actors (national health insurance in Poland and South Korea). Wilm is teaching at the department on “Health Systems: Goals, Functions, Actors” and “Economic Evaluation”. 

Wilm received the degree of “Dr. med” in 2010 and the German degree of “Privatdozent” (formal lecturer qualification) in 2017. He is a medical doctor and holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning & Financing from LSHTM and the London School of Economics. He studied medicine and political sciences in Würzburg, Munich, Madrid, Leipzig and Marburg, where he graduated in 2007. He worked as a research assistant at the Department of Health Economics of the University of Leipzig and was a visiting fellow at the Institut National de Santé Publique in Abidjan. He holds a Visiting Professor position at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. 

Dr John E. Ataguba 

John Ataguba is an economics professor with research interests in health financing, health inequality, equity in health and health care, social determinants of health, health economics methodology design and the economics of ageing. He has significant experience in several sub-Saharan Africa countries, including Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. He is the director of the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town, a Deputy Director for the African Health Economics and Policy Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Health Economics Association. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Healthy Ageing and Longevity. He is a research fellow for the Partnership for Economic Policy network and the Pan-African Scientific Research Council. He received many awards, including the TW Kambule-NSTF Award to emerging researchers in South Africa (described as the ‘Oscar Award’ for science and research in South Africa). He was the interim South African Research Chair in Health and Wealth (2018-2020) and Mellon Mandela Fellow at Harvard University (20016/17).  

Birgit Pickel 

Birgit Pickel is the Deputy Director General for Global Health, Pandemic Prevention and One Health at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. She has more than 20 years of experience in development policy and cooperation, including 11 years in management positions. Her regional focus is on West‐ and Southern Africa, thematic focus on global health, governance and sustainable economic development including skills development as well as civil society, civic engagement and international volunteering. Ms Pickel has lived and worked in the USA, South Africa, Zambia, Yemen, short‐term missions to Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Cameroon and Bangladesh. She has an MA in Political Science and a postgraduate certificate in Development Studies. 

Please note that this session will take place at 17.15 CEST/16.15 GMT. 

The series is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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