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Policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from more than 100 countries will come together at HSR 2020 to explore ways we can build socially just health systems that improve people's health. The symposium is split into three phases, and the first phase will take place Nov. 8-12 virtually.

Abt Global is proud to participate in HSR 2020. Our experts will be on hand to share their latest health systems strengthening insights through the following presentations:

Satellite Session

Wednesday, November 11 | 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. GST
Health Financing and Self –Reliance: Country Experiences on Engaging All Forces for a Sustainable Approach

Preventable diseases (both infectious and non-communicable), complications of pregnancy and childbirth, global health security crises like extreme weather-related disasters, and emerging global epidemics still claim far too many lives and provide significant challenges to country health systems. Meanwhile, international aid is shrinking while country health budgets remain mostly flat. It is particularly important for low- and middle-income countries to build their self-reliance, raise local resources for health, and use those resources efficiently, especially during health crises.

USAID is engaged in that journey to self-reliance with its partner countries. The goal is to build a country’s ability to plan, finance, and implement its own solutions to achieving universal health coverage for its populations and recovering from or adjusting to shocks. It has been widely recognized that these solutions, as well as the strategies to finance them, should be across sectors. 

Chair: Sophie Faye, Senior Scientist/Health Economist, Abt Global
Moderator: Kelly Saldana, Director, USAID Office of Health Systems


  • Erick Kitali (Tanzania), Director, President’s Office Regional and Local Government (PORALG)
  • Dr. Youssoupha Ndiaye (Senegal), Director of Planning, Research and Monitoring, Senegal Ministry of Health
  • Mbogo Bunyi (Kenya), Project Leader, SHOPS Plus Project
  • Joseph Kutzin (Switzerland), Coordinator, Health Financing Policy, The World Health Organization

Poster Presentations

(Presenter names in bold)

Assessing municipal health systems in Nepal to guide customized policy formulation and service delivery
Authors: Deepak Paudel (Deputy Chief of Party), Hom Nath Subedi, Madhav Chaulagain, Swadesh Gurung, SSBH Nepal Project, Abt Global

Improving accountability to strengthen health system governance in Nepal
Authors: Sujan Katuwal (Senior Technical Program Officer), Deepak Paudel, SSBH Nepal Project, Abt Global

Using mystery client surveys to understand the quality of TB service delivery within a public-private mix model in urban Nigeria
Authors: Lauren Rosapep (Associate/Scientist), Sophie Faye, SHOPS Plus Project, Abt Global