ACCESS Health International’s Health Financing Support Program helped improve health outcomes by ensuring better use of public funds. The program was funded by Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (UK). ACCESS Health introduced the On Demand Support Fund as part of the Health Financing Support Program. The fund has been designed to build peer linkages between the growing number of experienced health financing professionals in India and representatives from low and middle income countries responsible for designing and implementing their own health financing reforms.
The On Demand Support Fund supports continuous engagement and coordination with health financing experts. To help meet the objective of the fund, the Health Financing Support Program team organized a series of knowledge exchange visits and capacity building programs in health financing.
This report summarizes the activities from a study visit to India for health policymakers and practitioners from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. The study visit participants learned from successful initiatives in health financing and private sector partnerships in India: the Dr. NTR Vaidya Seva Scheme (formerly known as the Rajiv Aarogyasri Scheme), the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute, and LifeSpring Hospitals. The report also outlines the priority areas for technical support identified by the representatives from each country and next steps that ACCESS Health will take to facilitate this support.