The Institute of Health Policy Management and Research (IHPMR) is the East Africa’s Analytical Partner for the Centre for Health Market Innovations. The Institute will on 13th January 2012 host the launch of Centre for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) in Kampala, Uganda at Hotel Africana, from 10:00am-1:00pm.
The launch will attract participants drawn from the health sector including key stakeholders such as health program implementers, donors, policy makers, researchers and academicians from institutions of higher learning. It will also include presentations of health market innovations in Uganda and a panel discussion with implementers of innovative healthcare models in areas such as:
- Pharmaceutical service delivery,
- Family health and reproductive health,
- Child and maternal health and HIV/AIDS.
In February 2011, IHPMR had a successful launch of CHMI held at the Fairmont Norfolk hotel in Nairobi while a similar launch was held in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania on November 24th 2011 at the Moven Pick Hotel.
CHMI is a global information resource for programs that engage private health care providers to improve health and financial protection for the poor. It is supported by a network of partners that operate in 16 countries. The Centre for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) seeks to document the many Health Market Innovations around the world. These innovations are divided into five categories that facilitate:
- Organizing Delivery: Programs that reduce fragmentation and informality of health care delivery.
- Financing Care: Programs that mobilize funds and give purchasing power to the poor.
- Regulating Performance: Programs that set standards enforce and promote quality care.
- Changing Behaviour: Programs that educate and train consumers and providers to seek and deliver better care.
- Enhancing Processes: Programs that apply new technologies and operational processes to improve quality, access or cost.
Health Market Innovations are programs and policies—implemented by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurs or private companies—that have the potential to improve the way health markets operate. These programs and policies enable the transactions between consumers and private healthcare providers to lead to better health and financial protection, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable.
Objectives of launch
The objectives of the Centre for Health Markets Innovations in Uganda launch include:
- To create awareness about the Centre for Health Market Innovations in Uganda.
- To share top line profile of health market innovations in Uganda documented on the CHMI database HealthMarketInnovations.org
- To promote efforts towards scaling up of health market innovations in Uganda.
- To provide a forum for stakeholders in the Ugandan healthcare sector to meet, share ideas and experiences and network.