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WHO e-learning course on health financing: join the growing community

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Since its launch in August 2016, over 6000 participants have now registered for the English language version of the WHO e-learning course on health financing for UHC. Participants from over 150 countries from all regions and all income levels are now registered. This is a course which targets participants of all levels of experience and expertise. The course is now used as preparation for those attending WHO face-to-face course on health financing, or as a review for those who wish to simply refresh their knowledge. The course is now also available in French and Russian.

Overview of WHO health financing policy trainings

Second Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage course conducted in Barcelona, June 2015
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WHO offers a range of training opportunities on health financing policy, including face-to-face courses and an e-learning course. An advanced annual course targeting low and middle income countries is held annually, and a number of WHO Regional Offices also offer annual health financing workshops or trainings. WHO also offers blended training or capacity building in which a series of tailored, structured and guided contacts, are designed for countries tackling a specific issue e.g. support to a technical working group in a country developing a health financing strategy.

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e-Learning course on health financing policy for universal health coverage (UHC)
e-Learning
The course is designed to be used in a variety of ways: as preparation for those who will attend a WHO face-to-face course, for those who are for various reasons unable to attend a face-to-face course, and for those who have already attended courses and wish to refresh their knowledge. Individual modules can also be used as part of a programme of blended capacity building.
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Cours en ligne sur la politique de financement de la santé et la couverture santé universelle (CSU)
e-Learning
Ce cours en ligne inclut six modules qui couvrent les fonctions clés de la politique de financement de la santé tel que conceptualisée par l’OMS. Chaque module est divisé en plusieurs sous-modules. Ceci est un cours fondamental à destination de participants ayant des niveaux d’expériences et d’expertise divers.
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Курс электронного обучения по вопросам политики финансирования здравоохранения для всеобщего охвата услугами здравоохранения
e-Learning
Это базовый курс, предназначенный для людей с различным уровнем опыта и знаний. Он состоит из 6 модулей, которые также можно пройти отдельно друг от друга. Курс используется для подготовки участников очных курсов ВОЗ, а также для тех, кто, по разным причинам, не может участвовать в очных курсах. Он также полезен для тех, кто хотел бы обновить свои знания.
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Blended training opportunities
Blended
WHO currently offers a new approach to delivering capacity building support to countries in the midst of developing or evaluating health financing policy. We use a range of approaches blended into a tailored series of capacity building engagements focused around the specific needs of a group of stakeholders. This support is country-focused, time-limited, and focused on a particular policy process or issue. Blended training can include a mix of face-to-face meetings, self-guided e-learning, webinars, and other modes of engagement. If you are interested in this type of support please contact healthfinancing@who.int
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Global francophone course on health financing for UHC
Face-to-face
17-21 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
This is an advanced course designed for people with proven experience and/or expertise in health financing, including policy makers, advisors, implementers, and other key actors from government, civil society and the private sector.
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Sixth advanced course on health financing for universal health coverage for low- and middle-income countries
Face-to-face
2-6 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
This annual course is structured in line with WHO’s approach to thinking and analysing health financing policy and its role in improving health system performance, in particular making progress towards universal health coverage. Extending coverage to those outside the formal sector, often the majority of the population, is an important theme of the course which is organized around the core health financing functions or topics. The course targets health and finance ministries in LMICs, health financing experts, and civil society organizations engaged in health financing reforms. Successful participants must have a good knowledge of health financing policy issues, complete the WHO e-learning course, and be in a relevant work position.
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Third SEARO-WPRO bi-regional health financing policy workshop
Face-to-face
25 – 28 June 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
This was the third in a series of annual workshops developed specifically for countries in Asia. In 2018 the focus was on strategic purchasing for primary health care (PHC) with particular attention given to implementation issues. The workshop gave an opportunity for countries to exchange experiences on the “how to” and share promising practices across 17 countries. The event was co-organised and co-sponsored by WHO Regional Offices for South-East Asia (SEARO) and the Western Pacific (WPRO), with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, making it instrumental in coordinating and leveraging health financing work across development partners.
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Fifth advanced course on health financing for universal health coverage for low- and middle-income countries
Face-to-face
18-22 June 2018, Tunis, Tunisia
The course is structured in line with WHO’s approach to thinking and analysing health financing policy and its role in improving health system performance, in particular making progress towards universal health coverage. Extending coverage to those outside the formal sector, often the majority of the population, is an important theme of the course which is organized around a number of core health financing functions or topics. Dr Agnés Soucat, Director for Health Systems Governance and Financing at WHO and Dr Soonman Kwon, Professor in the School of Public Health, Seoul National University led the special keynote session, which is now also available online.
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First health care financing training course for universal health coverage in Africa
Face-to-face
23-27 April 2018, Harare, Zimbabwe
The first training course on health financing for UHC, for anglophone countries in WHO’s AFRO region took place in Zimbabwe in April 2018. The five-day course followed the core structure of WHO’s approach to health financing training, covering key concepts around UHC, and the health financing functions, with additional focus on sustainability and transition and reaching the informal sector. A total of 44 officials from 15 countries participated, representing Ministries of Health, Finance, and where relevant public health insurance organizations.
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Fourth Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Face-to-face
12-16 June 2017, Barcelona, Spain
The fourth WHO advanced course on health financing for universal coverage for low- and middle-income countries took place in Barcelona, Spain from 12-16 June 2017. Forty-seven participants from nineteen countries came together for this one-week-long training course to discuss how health financing policy can be used to improve health system performance in support of universal health coverage. Dr Midori de Habich Rospigliosi, former Minister of Health in Peru and Professor Eyitayo Lambo, former Minister of Health in Nigeria shared their experience in a special keynote session.
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Third Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Face-to-face
13-17 June 2016, Barcelona, Spain
The third WHO Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low- and Middle-Income Countries took place in Barcelona, Spain from 13-17 June 2016. Participants came together for this one-week-long training course to discuss how health financing policy can be used to improve health system performance in support of universal health coverage. The keynote session was led by Eduardo Gonzalez-Pier, former Deputy Minister of Health in Mexico, Adam Wagstaff from the World Bank, and Sarah Bennett from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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Second Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Face-to-face
8-12 June 2015, Barcelona, Spain
The second WHO Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low- and Middle-Income Countries took place in Barcelona, Spain from 8 to 12 June 2015. A total of 54 participants from 31 countries came together for this one-week-long training course to discuss how health financing policy can be used to improve health system performance in support of the goals of universal health coverage.
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First Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Face-to-face
16-20 June 2014, Tunis, Tunisia
The first WHO Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage took place in Tunis, Tunisia from 16-20 June 2014. A total of 55 participants from 27 countries came together for this one-week-long training course to discuss how health financing policy can be used to improve health system performance in support of the goals of universal health coverage.
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Third global course on universal health coverage for francophone countries
Face-to-face
November 2017, Rabat, Morocco
The third iteration of the francophone course on UHC targeted the same community of participants as the previous two courses, in order to continue enhance and develop their capacities on health financing. The course brought practical lessons on how to move effectively toward the implementation of health financing strategies. Two main areas of focus were: 1) strategic purchasing; and 2) health budgeting and public financial management in health. The course was co-organised by WHO and the World Bank and targeted country teams from francophone countries. The teams were composed of senior staff from health, finance and social affairs ministries and health insurance agencies as well as staff from the country offices of the two agencies working on health financing and universal health coverage.
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Second global course on universal health coverage for francophone countries
Face-to-face
April 2016, Rabat, Morocco
The objective of the second global course was to target the aspects related to the coverage of the informal sector. The course addressed various mechanisms to cover the informal sector, the issues of financing their coverage, the focus of beneficiaries, governance and the efficiency of health financing systems.
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First global course on universal health coverage for francophone countries
Face-to-face
April 2015, Dakar, Senegal
This first course for francophone countries covered the core health financing functions of revenue raising, pooling and purchasing, as well as related topics, such as benefit design, governance, service provision and human resources. The course was structured in line with WHO’s approach to thinking and analyzing health financing policy and its role in improving health system performance, in particular making progress towards universal health coverage. The event was co-organised and co-sponsored by WHO and the World Bank. Participation was by invitation only.