Social health protection: Sustainable financing and leadership

Social health protection: Sustainable financing and leadership

Social health protection: Sustainable financing and leadership

6–10 July 2020
The course is available in English

Social health protection is crucial for every human to remain healthy and to be protected against the financial risk of ill health across the life cycle. At least half of the world’s population is currently unable to obtain essential health services they need and almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets. This course will provide professionals with the knowledge and experience to improve health finance and social health protection systems. 

If you are committed to extending coverage of social health protection, this course is for you. 

Key features

The green campus with modern training facilities makes a unique space for learning


Innovative training methodologies and integrated use of digital learning technology

Introduction to the course

This course will identify inequalities in access to health care and their main causes. It will review the importance of universal access to health care in crisis and post-crisis situations, and examine issues relating to the feasibility of introducing a social health protection scheme and planning for its implementation, designing the appropriate contribution levels and benefits, monitoring the provision of services, and ensuring the sound governance and financing of the scheme.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for executives, managers, planners, finance officers and other professionals responsible for health care and health insurance schemes, both public and private. Representatives of employers' and workers' organizations are particularly welcome. The course primarily addresses the needs of practitioners and policy-makers. However, individuals working in research roles within health systems will also benefit from participating in this training activity.

What topics does this course cover?

Principles of social health protection: coverage, financial protection, effective access, affordability, quality and equity
Building blocks of a health protection system: benefits, provider payment mechanisms, contracting and accreditation, administration and good governance
Inequities in health systems: root causes, and how to expand social health protection coverage to the informal economy, migrant workers and other vulnerable populations
Financing: creating fiscal space and engaging in the budget cycle through effective Public Finance Management
Country experiences: Successes, challenges and lessons including political economy aspects of reforms

What will I be able to do?
  • Analyse performance of national social health protection systems keeping in mind established international benchmarks
  • Identify priorities for reform and refinement of social health protection systems, including pathways for financing
  • Lead policy development processes at a country level, and craft strategies for multistakeholder engagement
Why should I join?
  • Theory and practice enriched by recent developments and diverse country cases
  • An integrated learning journey before, during and after the course on the ITCILO eCampus
  • Engage and create a network with practitioners from across the globe facing similar challenges in their health systems

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