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Abt Associates experts will participate in the 2019 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress. The Congress brings together health economists to foster communication and the sharing of new ideas and research.

Abt staff will present the following posters:

Tuesday, July 16, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Universität Basel - Kollegienhaus - Aula 033
Expanding Health Insurance in Resource Constrained Settings; The Possibilities, Impediments and Opportunities

Nigeria is increasing its efforts to provide universal health coverage (UHC) to all citizens. To expand coverage at the sub-national level, health insurance has been decentralized and states are tasked with providing all of their residents with access to quality health care. Sokoto is a state in North West Nigeria. Eighty percent of the population is rural, 60 percent is indigent and 47.5 percent is under the age of 15. The state is largely dependent on federal statutory allocations, which presents financial difficulties due to fluctuations in oil prices and low internally generated revenue. The state government is committed to UHC and has passed a law enacting a compulsory State Health Insurance Scheme (SHIS), however there are concerns about its financial feasibility in the present fiscal environment. We evaluated the feasibility of the SHIS. Read more.

Presenter: Elaine Baruwa, Abt Associates

Tuesday, July 16, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Universität Basel - Kollegienhaus - Aula 033
A Costing of Community Level HIV Services in Barbados for a Successful Donor's Transition.

Barbados is a small island nation in the Caribbean with an HIV epidemic concentrated among key populations. To address the issue, in 2017, two civil society organizations (CSOs), EQUALS and CEED—funded by USAID through the LINKAGES project and the government of Barbados—began offering community-level HIV services to affected populations, including testing and social support. Barbados is currently experiencing tight fiscal constraints due to the slowdown of economic growth coupled with the fact that, as a high-income country, it no longer qualifies for concessional loan arrangements and grants from development partners. A study to assess the cost of HIV-related services provided at the CSO level and identify potential areas for efficiency gains was undertaken. Read more.

Presenter: Sophie Faye, Abt Associates