At the 2017 Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, three USAID-funded projects—Health Policy Plus, Health Finance and Governance, and Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus—organized a USAID side-session to discuss how to expand essential health services to marginalized groups in low- and middle-income settings.
HP+ contributes to optimizing health resources and fostering more equitable, sustainable, rights-based health services, supplies, and delivery systems.
Progress towards universal health coverage will not guarantee that historically marginalized populations will benefit from new health insurance schemes. This was the topic of a dynamic side-session - Extending Coverage to Marginalized Groups – hosted by USAID on January 29, 2017, at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Tanzania's AIDS Trust Fund (ATF) was established in March 2015 through a parliamentary amendment to the Tanzania Commission for AIDS Act. The ATF’s recent progress is due in part to support from the Health Policy Plus project, and its predecessor the Health Policy Project, which has been providing technical assistance to the Tanzania Commission for AIDS since May 2015.
HP+ is supporting women leaders and government officials in Sindh to advocate for increased investments in family planning. It is expected that these activities, along with upcoming initiatives working with the media and male champions, will help Sindh expand family planning access, increase contraceptive prevalence, and make progress toward achieving the SDGs, FP2020 commitments, and Pakistan’s national development goals.
On December 9, 2016, Mali became one of the final ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa) countries to sign the Dakar Declaration on Factoring Key Populations in the Response to HIV and AIDS. HP+ had been working with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and the National High Council to Fight against AIDS for several months to obtain a signature on the Declaration.
Gender and sexual minorities are treated unfairly in almost every society. Violence, stigma, and discrimination directly affect their health and interfere with access to health services, including HIV-related prevention, care, and treatment. In 2014, the Health Policy Project (HPP), in coordination with a U.S. government interagency team, developed a training aimed at sensitizing PEPFAR staff and their implementing partners in 38 countries.