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Webinar Series: The Future of Health Systems

Today’s health systems must evolve to take on the intensifying challenges of a changing climate, growing inequities, and siloed funding. Abt is hosting a transformative discussion series to meet this moment, reflecting our decades of experience strengthening health systems with communities around the world. Join the conversation with global practitioners, local leaders, and health innovators shaping systems that will sustain health services into the future.


The Future of Health Systems: Investing in Primary Health Care Workers: A Call to Action
February 29, 2023, 10-11 AM EST

Note: This webinar will be delivered in both English and French

Despite a surplus of unemployed health workers in several low- and middle-income countries, many countries struggle to employ enough health workers to serve the population. The World Health Organization predicts a global shortage of 10 million employed health workers by 2030. Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on already weakened primary health care systems has led to a global decrease in life expectancy, hitting low- and middle-income countries and vulnerable populations the hardest. Investing in primary health care and, in particular, in frontline health workers can save millions of lives, increase life expectancy, and foster health equity.

Abt Global, and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, will host a webinar to explore how governments can mobilize domestic resources to bridge funding gaps and hire more primary health care workers to meet global targets—and how international donors can support these critical efforts. Investing in Primary Health Care Workers: A Call to Action will shed light on and discuss the coalition’s recent report, "The Case for Investing in Primary Health Care Workers."


  • Tina Flores, Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition



  • Diana Frymus, Global Health Workforce Coordinator, USAID Bureau of Global Health
  • Assegid Samuel, Human Resources for health Development and Improvement Lead Executive Officer, Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
  • Prossy Muyingo, Community Health Worker, Living Goods
  • Bolanle Olusola-Faleye, Chief of Party, USAID/LHSS Nigeria


Malgré un excès de professionnels de la santé au chômage dans plusieurs pays à revenu faible et intermédiaire, de nombreux pays ont du mal à employer suffisamment d’agents de santé pour servir la population. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé prévoit un manque de 10 millions de personnel de soins de santé primaire employés à l’échelle mondiale d'ici 2030. Les répercussions de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur les systèmes de soins de santé primaires - déjà affaiblis avant la pandémie - ont entraîné une diminution mondiale de l'espérance de vie, touchant de manière plus sévère les pays à revenu faible et intermédiaire ainsi que les populations vulnérables. Investir dans le personnel de soins de santé primaire peut sauver des millions de vies, augmenter l'espérance de vie et favoriser l'équité en matière de santé.

Abt Global, et la Frontline Health Workers Coalition, organise un webinaire pour explorer comment les gouvernements peuvent mobiliser des ressources nationales pour combler les lacunes de financement et embaucher davantage du personnel de soins de santé primaire afin de répondre aux nécessités mondiales et comment les donateurs internationaux peuvent soutenir ces efforts critiques. Investir dans les personnels de soins de santé primaire : Un appel à l'action discutera le rapport récent de la coalition, " La nécessité d’investir dans les personnels de soins de santé primaire ".


  • Tina Flores, Directrice, Frontline Health Workers Coalition



  • Diana Frymus, Coordinatrice globale des ressources humaines de santé, Bureau de la santé globale de l’USAID
  • Assegid Samuel, Directeur exécutif du développement des ressources humaines de la santé, Ministère de la Santé, Éthiopie
  • Prossy Muyingo, Agent de santé communautaire, Living Goods
  • Bolanle Olusola-Faleye, Chef de projet, USAID/LHSS Nigeria

Watch this space for new topics in this webinar series. To get advance notice of these and other upcoming events subscribe to Abt events.


The Future of Health Systems: Achieving Equity by Embracing Inclusion
January 17, 2024, 9-10 am EST

This fifth webinar in our Future of Health Systems Webinar Series explored equity as both an outcome and a process. In Global Health, inequities are often identified through differences in outcome-level health indicators based on wealth, geography, or other factors. Actions to address inequities focus on increasing access to services by expanding the physical location of those services; improving the quality of services such as available supplies and health workers; or providing financial protection against catastrophic health expenditures. We know from established frameworks that converting input-level change into outcome-level results happens through processes. Equity has not been traditionally addressed as a process that is critical to driving outcome-level reductions in inequities. By infusing equity into health systems strengthening processes, we can accelerate progress toward change. In this webinar, you will hear about equity in both process and outcomes – where everyone has a fair opportunity to attain their optimal health – achieved in part through inclusive practices. Panelists discuss the importance of understanding and addressing the underlying systems issues and root causes that impede equity. They highlight how addressing structural, organizational, and systemic factors is essential, and how the benefit of layering approaches influences systemic change rather than focusing solely on individual-level interventions. They discuss challenges and highlight the importance of engaging local partners, meeting local priorities, and ensuring that interventions are robust and focused on specific contexts. They talk about the need to engage a diverse range of people - ranging from funders to healthcare service providers to individuals living with disabilities to underrepresented voices - in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs in order to achieve equitable outcomes. And they discuss the need for effective mechanisms, financial resources, and a systems change approach to address health inequities, particularly in regions facing complex changes. Watch the webinar recording to hear about this and so much more.

Abt’s Jodi Anthony, Principal Associate, Population Health, Abt Global, introduced the topic and led the insightful discussion that included diverse perspectives shared by the experts, including Jodi Charles, Equity Team Leader, Office of Health Systems, USAID; Phyllis Heydt, Founder, The Missing Billion Initiative; and Miguel Pulido, Chief of Party, Local Health System Sustainability Project, Colombia.

The Future of Health Systems: Building Resilient Health Systems In a Changing World
November 8, 2023, 10-11 am EST

This fourth webinar in our series explored health systems resilience and why it is essential for health systems to prepare, adapt, and respond to every day and extraordinary challenges and stressors – such as climate change, emerging infectious diseases, and conflict. The enlightening discussion with panelists focused on the fact that the ability to sustain the health of communities and effectively respond to these very challenges relies on the resilience of our health system structures, communities, and decision-makers to ensure quality essential and routine health services. Panelists highlighted emerging interventions and policies that they themselves have found to be effective in their work around the world and the importance of learning from crises, such as after a drought, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, or COVID-19 pandemic. Abt’s Amanda Quintana, Climate and Health Technical Lead, introduced the critical topic and moderated the discussion amongst experts including Maureen Bartee, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy, US Department of State; Susannah Mayhew, Professor, Faculty of Public Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and Krish Vallabhjee, Former Director of Strategy, Western Cape Department of Health, South Africa. Watch the recording.

The Future of Health Systems: How Quality Health Systems Enable Quality Care
September 21, 2023, 10-11 am EST

This third webinar in our series explored the application of quality improvement in health systems, from point-of-care to broader health systems organizational functions —such as supervision, management, payment processes, regulatory frameworks, resource allocation, information flow, and more. Abt’s Midori de Habich, Technical Director of USAID-funded Local Health System Sustainability project moderated a discussion of panelists of experts including Dr. Margaret Kruk, Professor of Health Systems at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MD, MPH, FACP; M. Rashad Massoud, Visiting Faculty, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, MD, MPH, FACP; and Dr. Houleymata DiarraChief of Party, USAID Integrated Health Program, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Watch the recording.

The Future of Health Systems: Unpacking the Power of Localization
Aug 3, 2023, 10 AM-11 AM EST

This second webinar in our series explored how to leverage the power of localization to build robust and inclusive health systems that cater to the needs of communities around the world. Abt’s Dr. Mariam Reda moderated a dynamic discussion with frontline experts in localizing health systems: Dr. Mai Hijazi of USAID’s Office of Health Systems, Global Health Bureau; Dr. Mercy Mwangangi of Amref Health Africa, and Dr. Kumanan Rasanathan of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. Watch the recording.

The Future of Health Systems: Primary Health Care as a Long-Term Investment
Monday, June 5, 2023

Primary health care (PHC)—which can meet 90% of a person's health needs throughout their lifetime—has surged to the top of global and national agendas as the best way to achieve better health outcomes for all. Seizing this momentum and sustaining services requires stronger health systems that incentivize ongoing investments. For this first webinar in our new series, Abt’s Kelly Saldana convened leading PHC experts: Asaf Bitton of Ariadne Labs, Kimberly Green of PATH, and Shams Syed of the WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care. They explored how we can both tackle immediate primary care needs and invest in lasting systemic change through a whole-of-society approach. Watch the recording.

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