March 2021
This month, we recognized International Women’s Day -- a global event celebrating the important contributions of women as well as a call to action for accelerating gender equity and equality. The Accelerator is committed to ensuring that all women and girls have access to the services they need to support and maintain a healthy life, no matter where they live, and that women take leading roles in strengthening health systems and institutions.

The Accelerator takes a whole systems approach towards health systems strengthening that considers each challenge within the technical, social, and political contexts to promote lasting change. Sustainable health systems strengthening cannot, and should not, be done in a bubble without challenging and overcoming gender bias, inequality, and power dynamics. True change will only be achieved when all people, especially women, are included.
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Data Use in COVID-19 Response: Experiences from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, and the Philippines

A recent webinar hosted by the Accelerator and the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) brought together experts from around the world to share how they are using data to shape their understanding of the spread of COVID-19, including a discussion of how COVID-19 investments can be leveraged to strengthen data availability and responsiveness across the health system.
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New Resource: Launching The Experts Database

The Experts Database is now live! The networking platform — which features professionals and institutions from Africa and Asia — seeks to elevate the profiles of health systems experts from the countries and regions that are requesting support for technical assistance. If you are a health systems expert in Africa or Asia, we encourage you to create a profile today. And If you are seeking health systems-strengthening expertise, use the platform to find a relevant expert.
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Co-production of Knowledge to Strengthen Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme

Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme aims to provide all residents with financial risk protection for, and equitable access to, a package of essential health services. In a recent BMJ article, Chris Atim and Ama Fenny share experiences with co-production approaches to strengthen health insurance in Ghana. 
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Co-production Between Researchers and Policymakers is Critical for Achieving Health Systems Change

Technical institutions, such as universities and other governmental or non-governmental research agencies, often play a lead role in generating scientific evidence critical for improved health. However, they can be poorly connected to health policy and systems change processes. In a recent BMJ article, Peter M. Hansen, Christina Synowiec and Nathan J. Blanchet share strategies for using co-production approaches to accelerate systems change. 
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This content is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of the Cooperative Agreement No. 7200-AA-18CA-00037. The contents are the responsibility of the Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator program and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
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