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The Effects of Performance-Based Financing on neonatal health outcomes in Burundi, Lesotho, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Maternal and newborn care has been a primary focus of performance-based financing (PBF) projects, which have been piloted or implemented in 21 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2007. While evaluations of PBF have demonstrated improvements to facility delivery or quality of care, no studies had measured the impact of PBF programs directly on neonatal health outcomes in Africa. This seminar will present new work by Harvard Researchers examining the impact of PBF on early neonatal health outcomes and associated health care utilization and quality in Burundi, Lesotho, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Speakers

Anna Gage

Anna Gage is a comparative health systems researcher in her third year of the Population Health Sciences PhD program in the Department of Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the measurement and improvement of health system quality in low-income settings.

Sebastian Bauhoff

Sebastian Bauhoff is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses on innovations in health care financing and service delivery that can increase access, efficiency and quality of care in low and middle-income countries. He also examines ways to improve the design and implementation of health care policies and programs.

Discussants

Eeshani Kandpal

Eeshani Kandpal is an Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her work highlights that average treatment effects often mask the widely divergent impacts of development policy, like health interventions, cash transfers, and empowerment programs. A second theme of her research is that inequality in access to government services or social capital often varies by attributes like gender, wealth, and ethnicity or caste. In health, her research focuses on the measurement and improvement of the clinical quality of care. She has supported the HRITF IE portfolio since 2014. She led the HRITF-funded IE of the Nigeria PBF pilot and co-led the Kyrgyz IE.

Alison Morgan

Alison Morgan recently joined the GFF as a Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Specialist. Prior to joining the GFF Alison was an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia where she led the Maternal, Sexual & Reproductive Health Unit at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. She has over 25 years’ experience in global health research and development practice, with a focus on maternal and newborn health, health systems strengthening and capacity development of the health workforce.

Chair

Jed Friedman

Jed Friedman is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group (Poverty and Inequality Team) at the World Bank. His research interests include the measurement of wellbeing and poverty as well as the evaluation of health and social policies. Jed's current work involves investigating the effectiveness of early life investments in Rwanda, Cambodia, and Bangladesh; and the incorporation of new approaches to survey-based wellbeing measurement in Peru and Malawi. Jed holds a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

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The effects of Performance Based Financing on neonatal health outcomes in Burundi, Lesotho, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe
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