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What's New? Jordan Health Finance and Governance Project

Jordan HFG aims to improve health sector sustainability and resilience in Jordan, including universal health coverage. Credit: http://ow.ly/rCnN3071Abm.

What’s new?
We are pleased to announce the USAID-funded Jordan Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project. Over the next five years, Jordan HFG will work to improve the sustainability and resiliency of Jordan’s health sector, including a core focus expanding health insurance and increasing efficiency in the health sector to advance universal health coverage (UHC). We will be strengthening governance capacity, public financial management, health insurance and efficiency. Success will be driven by improved health spending and governance at all levels. In short, we want to ensure that Jordan’s health sector is working as effectively as possible, and is inclusive of civil society and community involvement. The project will continue until November 2021.

Where will you be based?
We will have a head office in Amman, which will host both international and locally based staff.

With whom will you be working?
Aside from our funding partner USAID, Jordan HFG will see us working with a range of partner organisations. These include US based firm ThinkWell, Jordan based ECO Consult, and the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development. With their combined knowledge and skills, our partners will provide expertise in public sector reform, procurement and financial systems, community engagement and advocacy, health insurance, innovative financing, and private sector engagement.

What’s your goal?
The core aim of Jordan HFG is to improve health sector sustainability and resilience in Jordan, including universal health coverage.

How will you deliver Positive Impact?
Positive Impact requires the active involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. Our approach will see us partner with the Ministry of Health, other ministries and government entities, the private health sector, civil society, and local communities. Working with the Jordanian government, we will develop robust and sustainable health policies and financing frameworks. We will also help improve government stewardship and accountability for health spending. Underpinning all this will be a drive to embolden the political will and popular support for UHC reforms.

When it comes to the private sector, we’ll look to increase their role in the provision of health services. This will be done in a number of ways, including public-private dialogue on various levels. We will involve private sector firms in committees and working groups on policy development, engage them to expand health insurance, and promote innovative financing to expand health services.

By harnessing civil society we will also advocate at the ground level for public health concerns, educate the public on health reform and promote primary health services and healthier living.

How will you make sure Positive Impact is enduring?
We want to build the capacity of those local individuals, institutions and systems that make up Jordan’s health sector, improving their financial and technical sustainability and adaptability. Building local partnerships will be absolutely critical in ensuring that the strengthening of Jordan’s health system is enduring.

Only through the active involvement of the full range of these health partners – including central and sub-national government, private health sector, civil society and communities – can we progress toward universal health coverage and a more sustainable and resilient health sector.

If we want more info, who should we contact?
Don’t hesitate to write to Palladium’s Project Director Katie Sears (Katie.Sears@thepalladiumgroup.com) for more info or to discuss opportunities for your organisation to get involved.