The past 20 years have seen an unprecedented financial commitment to health among governments of low‐ and middle‐income countries (LMICs). However, mobilizing government resources is not enough to increase access to services and improve health outcomes across all population groups. These funds must be directed to priority populations, interventions, and services, as well as used efficiently to deliver high‐quality care and prevention.
As interest in and experience with strategic purchasing grows in LMICs, there is an opportunity for a more regionally‐owned model for providing strategic purchasing support that harnesses and deploys Africa‐based expertise and brings in on‐the‐ground experience with the process of change, institution‐building, and management of the political economy challenges inherent in strategic purchasing reforms.
To support these efforts, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new Strategic Purchasing for Primary Care – Building Capacity for Results at the Regional and Global Levels project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) housed in an existing Africa-based institution.
Results for Development (R4D) invites existing Africa-based institutions interested in serving as the institutional home for the SPARC to submit an application for consideration. Further information on this call for Expression of Interest (EOI) and the application process can be found in the attached document below.
Please note that the deadline for EOI submission has been extended to Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 5 pm EST. All correspondence should be addressed to Dieynaba Gaye (firstname.lastname@example.org).