Improving access to products and services in the private sector: The critical role of health financing

June 23, 2021

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Webinar opening: reducing financial barriers to access care in private sector

Jeanna Holtz

Jeanna Holtz, SHOPS Plus health financing director, opened the webinar by noting that the private sector is an important source of care. It delivers 50 percent of health care in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 80 percent in Asia.

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Maureen Ogada-Ndekana

Maureen Ogada-Ndekana, SHOPS Plus chief of party, Tanzania, presented on the project’s work expanding enrollment of private providers in government-funded insurance programs.

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Isseu Toure

Isseu Diop Touré, former SHOPS Plus chief of party, Senegal, shared lessons from a pilot that increased the number of private providers contracting with mutuelles—an effort that aligns with Senegal’s national strategy.

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Dominican Republic

Mina Halpern-Lozada

Mina Halpern Lozada is the executive director of Clínica de Familia La Romana in the Dominican Republic, the largest provider of HIV services in the eastern part of the country. She shared the nonprofit’s journey with SHOPS Plus to contract with the national health insurance scheme, SeNaSa.

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The webinar concluded with a questions and answer section, with questions from the moderator and the audience.

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Event description

Financing underpins the ability of citizens to equitably access priority services and products in the health system—including from the private sector. This webinar examines three models of financing private provision of services, and lessons learned from a variety of country contexts on removing financial barriers to access care from private health providers. View the series.


  • Jeanna Holtz, SHOPS Plus Health Financing Director, Abt Associates


  • Maureen Ogada-Ndekana, SHOPS Plus Tanzania Chief of Party, Abt Associates
  • Isseu Touré, former SHOPS Plus Senegal Chief of Party, Abt Associates
  • Mina Halpern-Lozada, Executive Director, Clínica de Familia La Romana, Dominican Republic
Event Date
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

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