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Managing Markets for Health


Managing Markets for Health (MM4H): Sustaining access to high-quality essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Please refer to the Managing Markets for Health website for further information.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are striving to increase their capacity to contain and mitigate the disease while sustaining provision of other essential health services. This requires a whole-of-society approach, mobilising all available resources within the health sector – whether they are in the public or private sector.

This online course provides practical guidance for governments and their partners on how to achieve this.

The Managing Markets 4 Health curriculum has been developed over many years by some of the world’s leading health systems experts. It was designed to enable governments and their partners to ensure equity of access to safe, effective, and affordable health care through engagement with the private sector. Now, in 2020, COVID-19 represents a major threat to these goals. The MM4H curriculum has been redesigned to reflect this new reality, and to help policymakers to the challenges it presents.

Our new learning content and activities – available in both English and French – will help you understand how to sustain the path towards equitable, high-quality health services as you strive to contain and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

The course is built on a 250 page e-text, plus a series of supporting videos, activities and quizzes We estimate your learning workload at six hours per week. The course will run for four weeks from Monday 7th September 2020. All participants who pass the course will receive a certificate from the University of Edinburgh.

The Teaching Team

Dr. Mark Hellowell

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Dr. Mark Hellowell is Director of the Global Health Policy Unit at the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s top 20 universities. Dr. Hellowell’s work focuses on improving public-private sector engagement in the financing and delivery of health care, both in advanced economies and emerging markets. He has authored more than 30 peer reviewed scientific publications, mostly on this topic, his work featuring in prominent print and broadcast media, including The Financial Times, The Economist, and the BBC. He is former special advisor to the United Kingdom parliament’s Treasury Select Committee, and has worked with the World Bank, DfID, and the Global Financing Facility on capacity-building initiatives for key policymakers who seek to mobilise the private health sector in order to accurate their progress towards Universal Health Coverage. He currently works with the World Health Organisation on a project to enhance emergency preparedness and health system resilience capacities in LMICs through public/private coordination – now with a focus on LMIC national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbara O’Hanlon

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Barbara O’Hanlon is a recognized leader in international health policy design and implementation with over 35 years’ experience. Ms. O’Hanlon is a pioneer in the areas of private sector policy reforms, public-private dialogue, and health public-private partnerships. In the last 15 years, she has worked with several African health ministries to conduct private health sector assessments, analyze key health markets for private sector opportunities, formulate private sector policies, and establish health PPP Units. Ms. O’Hanlon has also supported several African health ministries to engage the private sector using a variety of policy instruments such as policy dialogue, contracting and other financial mechanisms, and public-private partnerships. She also provides assist African healthcare federations to become viable membership organizations and strengthen their technical capacity to represent the private sector voice in policy design and implementation. As one of the co-authors of the MM4H course, Ms. O’Hanlon has trained health ministery officials from over 15 countries and development partner public health staff in the managing health markets approach. Ms. O’Hanlon’s firm consults for a wide range of clients active in global health policy including the World Bank Group, UK Aid, USAID, World Health Organizations among others. Ms. O’Hanlon has a M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University.

Dr. Albert Domingo

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Dr Albert Domingo obtained his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines. He was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the United Kingdom, where he obtained his Master of Science in Health Systems and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is also familiar with the general principles of health law. He has a decade of experience in global public health at country and international levels, having worked with USAID, the World Health Organization, and health officers at all levels. Dr Domingo uses a health systems strengthening lens in advising ministries of health, social health insurance agencies, national and local government authorities, development partners, health care providers, and patient groups on matters concerning maternal and child care, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and now – pandemic response, particularly on COVID-19.

David Elliott

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David Elliott is a development economist and founding member at The Gallus Edge, a UK based Community Interest Company devoted to tackling global poverty and injustice. A key interest of David’s concerns harnessing the power of the private sector in pursuit of public policy objectives. Until the summer of 2019, David was a Director of The Springfield Centre leading on the concept, application and improvement of ‘making markets work for the poor’ (M4P) approach and guidance for development agencies. This approach has been up-taken by many donors and development partners and applied to many different types of market (including health, education, infrastructure, finance, agriculture, land and skills). David has worked in more than 40 countries, for various multi-and-bi lateral funders and foundations, as adviser, consultant, researcher and trainer. He has also worked directly within Government as a Senior Manager in a leading London development agency (GLE), and Chief Economics Adviser at the Department for Economic Affairs & Tourism, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.

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