The 2010 Flagship Course on health systems strengthening and health financing
This course was held for the first time in the Pacific region, in Suva, Fiji from 13th – 17th June. The course was a joint initiative of the Fiji School of Medicine, the World Bank Institute, the Asia Network for Health Systems Strengthening, and the Nossal Institute for Global Health (through the AusAID-funded Health Policy and Health Finance Knowledge Hub).
Adapted from the World Bank Institute’s Flagship Course held annually in Washington D.C., this course was designed to provide policymakers and other stakeholders in the Pacific region with a basic introduction to the ‘Control Knob’ framework for health sector reform and financing. The course also provided opportunities for participants to discuss the framework’s applicability to specific issues they face within their own country contexts.
There were 43 participants from Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Nauru, Kiribati, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, and Australia. Government health departments, the WHO Regional Office, UNFPA, SPC, AusAID and NZAID were all represented.
Dr Chen Ken, the WHO representative for the Pacific Region, delivered an opening address. Other guest presenters were Professor Philip Davies from the University of Queensland, Dr Mahendra Reddy from the University of the South Pacific and Dr Graham Roberts from the Fiji School of Medicine. The course curriculum was taught by faculty of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, the World Bank Institute and the Asia Network for Health Systems Strengthening.
For this first presentation of the Flagship principles in the Pacific region, five expert reviewers from the Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji stayed for an extra day to provide critical reflection on the course content and presentation and its relevance to the Pacific context.Feedback indicated that additional Pacific Flagship Courses would be of interest, to address more of the ‘Control Knob’ concepts. The Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Fiji School of Medicine, plan to gather a library of Pacific case studies to integrate into future course curriculum. It is anticipated that another Flagship course will be held in the region sometime in mid-2011.