What Does it Take to Govern and Finance Person-centered Care?

March 22nd, 2023 | Event


On March 15th, JSI convened a distinguished panel of guest speakers for a moderated discussion on governing and financing person-centered care (PCC). The Behavior Effect livecast series will be conducting a three-part series on PCC.

The global health community is increasingly supporting PCC — demanding de-medicalization of the health system and shifting the focus of control to the person, not the disease. But how do we do that? Where do we start? Our moderator, Kate Onyejekwe, set the scene by breaking PCC into three areas of changes needed: 1)policies and the way we finance care, 2) the way we develop our workforce and hold systems accountable, and 3) how we design and deliver services.

Representatives from different constituency groups representing different parts of the health system were convened to shed light on where we can start with operationalizing PCC. They included: Dr. Loyd Mulenga, National HIV Program Coordinator and Head of Infectious Disease program at the Ministry of Health in Zambia; Sentayehu Tsegaye, Project Director for Amref-Ethiopia; Andy Seale, HIV/AIDS Advisor with the World Health Organization; and JSI’s Philip Kamutenga, Chief of Party at the Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance — Tanzania (GHSC-TA-TZ).

The WHO defines PCC as an approach to care that considers individuals, carers, and communities as participants in their own care. Creating an environment where the recipient of care is a critical component in clinical decision-making requires a cultural shift in public health programming.

These shifts are eased when financial, political and governing structures are aligned. Several key takeaways, illustrated by this event’s panel, are critical in ensuring this alignment…

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