Unpleasant reality or pillars of universal health coverage: An informed debate about informal healthcare providers in Asia and Africa

posted Sep 29, 2014, 12:48 AM by Jeff Knezovich
1 October 2014, 14:30-16:00, Roof Terrace

Informal healthcare providers are the first point of care for a majority of rural and urban poor populations in many countries, but marginalized by the formal health sector. With severe shortages of health human resources, informal providers represent a valuable untapped resource for universal health coverage. However, they present both challenges and opportunities in provision of accessible, affordable and good quality primary care. The panel will highlight current controversies, policies and workable approaches for engaging with informal providers, followed by an audience debate and a final vote for or against informal providers.

Moderator: Gina Lagomarsino, Managing Director, Results for Development, USA

  • Phyllis Awor, Research Fellow, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda
  • Meenakshi Gautham, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Amod Kumar, Consultant, Uttar Pradesh Government, India
  • Jafary Liana, Senior Technical Advisor, Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets Project, Tanzania
  • Prinitha Pillay, Programme Manager, Rural Health Advocacy Project, South Africa