CIS Countries Come Together in Tbilisi for a Workshop on National Health Accounts
On December 7 at the Sheraton Hotel in Tbilisi, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) opened the second workshop on National Health Accounts (NHA) for the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The workshop was opened with welcoming speeches by Mr. Forest Duncan, USAID Health Development Officer for Europe and Eurasia; Mr. Mark Perry, U. S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, and Mr. Levan Jugeli, Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Health, Labor and Social Development.
National Health Accounts is an internationally recognized methodology that comprehensively tracks the flow of health expenditures (including public, private, and donor spending) through a health system by using proven data collection methodologies. If implemented on a regular basis, NHA can improve policymaking and better target policies to citizens.
“Good policies are based on good information. That’s what makes National Health Accounts so important,” said Mark Perry, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.
The workshop is aimed at NHA technical specialists who are the actual implementers in their countries. The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss and clarify difficulties they have encountered over the past two years since the previous NHA conference. The workshop will share and compare NHA developments in the CIS countries and internationally.
The objectives of these workshops are not only to support the establishment of NHA in the participating countries, but to create a regional network that will promote dialogue, result sharing, and lessons learned on the preparation and uses of NHA.
The workshop was organized by USAID and its collaborating partners, the Partners for Health Reformplus project, the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (SIDA), the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the United Nations AIDS program (UNAIDS), and the USAID CoReform project.
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