EXPANDING ACCESS AND CHOICE

BRINGING CARE CLOSER TO HOME

EXPANDING ACCESS AND CHOICE

BRINGING CARE CLOSER TO HOME

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Community, 

What a pleasure to introduce the second ISSUE for the Maverick Collective! In this bi-monthly intellectual indulgence – as Rena so nicely teed it up in the launch – we’d like to engage your hearts and minds in both the personal and the conceptual. 

As you meet Mama Riziki and Mbodze from Kenya and Marta from Mozambique, learning about their lives and experiences, we invite you to also zoom out to think about how “bringing care closer to home” can be a foundational feature of resilient health systems. 

With the Sustainable Development Goals only nine years away, more than 75 national governments in lower and middle-income countries, like Kenya and Mozambique, have committed to advancing toward quality healthcare for all, without financial hardship, also known as Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

But health system strengthening paths to UHC can often be designed from the top-down, not meeting people where they are, particularly the poor and vulnerable.

How can we work with national governments and Ministries of Health to design a different path? A consumer-powered path, embedded into national policy, that meets Mama Riziki, Mbodze, and Marta in their communities or in their homes where possible – where community health workers can deliver essential services and assist with transitions toward quality self-care diagnostics, devices, and drugs? 

 

Ellen Tipper

This ISSUE is brimming with insights and reflections on these questions, including some wise-beyond-her years thoughts from guest editor Stasia Obremskey’s daughter, Grace, and personal social justice considerations from guest editor Ann Morris.

Dig into the Master Class, enjoy this immersive virtual experience, and know how much we thank you for your insatiable curiosity, support, and commitment to transformational change.

Warmly, 

ELLEN
ELLEN TIPPER, VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGY & INSIGHT, PSI 

Ellen Tipper

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Community,

What a pleasure to introduce the second ISSUE for the Maverick Collective! In this bi-monthly intellectual indulgence – as Rena so nicely teed it up in the launch – we’d like to engage your hearts and minds in both the personal and the conceptual. As you meet Mama Riziki and Mbodze from Kenya and Marta from Mozambique, learning about their lives and experiences, we invite you to also zoom out to think about how “bringing care closer to home” can be a foundational feature of resilient health systems. 

With the Sustainable Development Goals only nine years away, more than 75 national governments in lower and middle-income countries, like Kenya and Mozambique, have committed to advancing toward quality healthcare for all, without financial hardship, also known as Universal Health Coverage (UHC). But health system strengthening paths to UHC can often be designed from the top-down, not meeting people where they are, particularly the poor and vulnerable. How can we work with national governments and Ministries of Health to design a different path? A consumer-powered path, embedded into national policy, that meets Mama Riziki, Mbodze, and Marta in their communities or in their homes where possible – where community health workers can deliver essential services and assist with transitions toward quality self-care diagnostics, devices, and drugs? 

This ISSUE is brimming with insights and reflections on these questions, including some wise-beyond-her years thoughts from guest editor Stasia Obremskey’s daughter, Grace, and personal social justice considerations from guest editor Ann Morris.

Dig into the Master Class, enjoy this immersive virtual experience, and know how much we thank you for your insatiable curiosity, support, and commitment to transformational change. year.

Warmly, 

ELLEN
ELLEN TIPPER, VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGY & INSIGHT, PSI

MAVERICK BEAT

A deeper look at the work Maverick Collective and PSI are doing around the world.

Maverick Beat is a news-style video program that spotlights Maverick Collective projects.
Each episode invites you into the communities where PSI works and highlights the
impact Maverick Collective is making for women and girls.

EPISODE 2 | EXPANDING ACCESS AND CHOICE

Tune in to Episode 2 of Maverick Beat where, over the course of two segments, we spotlight Project Riziki in Kenya and Transforming the Delivery of Injectable Contraceptives in Mozambique. You can explore more in the content below including Ann and Stasia’s “journals,” stories from Sara, photos, and more.

You can watch the full episode below or each part separately:

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

PROJECT RIZIKI IN KENYA

TRANSFORMING THE DELIVERY OF INJECTABLE CONTRACEPTIVES IN MOZAMBIQUE

Expanding Contraceptive Options for Women in Kenya through Task Sharing

Creating a Cost-Recoverable Model for the Distribution of Sayana Press in Mozambique

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

PROJECT RIZIKI IN KENYA

Expanding Contraceptive Options for Women in Kenya through Task Sharing

TRANSFORMING THE DELIVERY OF INJECTABLE CONTRACEPTIVES IN MOZAMBIQUE

Creating a Cost-Recoverable Model for the Distribution of Sayana Press in Mozambique

aPRIL 21 | 11 AM to 12 PM EST

MASTER CLASS

A live conversation with leading
experts from around the world

Each Master Class will begin with a short presentation followed by a panel discussion. We will close each Master Class with time to discuss and interrogate these ideas as a group.

In this Master Class we will introduce Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as the aspirational goal our projects and overall operations are working towards and Health Systems Strengthening as the way to achieve it. While there are many multi-sector components to UHC, this Master Class we will focus on how we build stronger health systems for the consumer using a community-based approach. During the panel discussion we will learn more about community-based healthcare delivery systems and how they are critical to bringing care closer to home. 

In this Master Class, you will learn:

– Strategies for unlocking and creating catalytic changes in health systems and understanding the current barriers. 

– Why community-based work is an essential component of health systems strengthening and requires attention and investment. 

– Successful models of community-based approaches to healthcare delivery and what it means to bring care closer to consumers. 

TRACEY MCNEILL Director, Health Systems
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As the director of Health Systems, Tracey McNeill leads the team which builds on the foundation’s and field’s deep experience in health systems strengthening, system design, and service delivery innovation and aims to dramatically improve the efficiency, quality, and equity of primary health care.

Previously, Tracey was vice president of Global Clinical Governance and Quality and chief mobilization officer at Babylon Healthcare and CEO of its digital health subsidiary in Rwanda, Babyl Rwanda. At Babylon Healthcare, Tracey worked with global regulators and policymakers to ensure delivery of high-quality primary health care services through virtual consultations across the UK and internationally. At Babyl Rwanda, she partnered with the government of Rwanda and stakeholders to roll out the digital health service as a part of the government’s universal health coverage scheme.

Tracey also served as the senior vice president and commercial director at Marie Stopes International, where she collaborated with a diverse set of country leadership teams to expand the organization’s international programs in hard-to-reach areas.

Tracey holds a post-graduate qualification in Occupational Health from The RCN London and a certification as a registered nurse from The Royal Free Hospital. 

METSEHATE AYENEKULU AYISEW
Program Director
Adolescents 360 (A360), PSI Ethiopia

Metsehate Ayenekulu is the Adolescents 360 program director at PSI Ethiopia. A public health and gender expert, she leads a program that teaches teenage brides about family planning. Previously, Metsehate served as a specialist at Girl Hub Ethiopia and a policy officer on gender at the embassy of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. 

The daughter of a child bride, she is a single mother who left an abusive marriage, Metsehate’s interests are in adolescent and youth development, with an emphasis on rural girls, and helping other girls and women avoid gender-based violence. Metsehate was a 2019 Aspen New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

DR. MADELEINE BALLARD
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Community Health Impact Coalition

Dr. Madeleine Ballard is the Executive Director of the Community Health Impact Coalition, a field catalyst created by health practitioners in 40+ countries to make professionalized community health workers a norm worldwide.

She is also an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She holds a PhD in evaluation science (EBSI) from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and was previously the founding Program Manager at Last Mile Health. She currently conducts research on the effects of interventions to improve the performance of CHWs and works with the Coalition to accelerate the adoption of high-impact community health systems design.

ALEX ERGO
Director 
Health Systems, PSI

Alex has more than 25 years of experience in developing more efficient health systems and tackling health inequities in low and middle-income countries around the world.

He started his professional career with Médecins Sans Frontières in a remote part of Chad, where he helped to rebuild a health system that had collapsed as a result of decades of conflict. Since then, he has worked with several multilateral and bi-lateral organizations. With WHO, he supported the design and implementation of national health insurance policies and programs in Laos, Mongolia, and Vietnam. With the World Bank, he conducted analytics to push the health equity agenda. With bilateral donors, such as USAID and DANIDA, he advised Ministries of Health in various countries, such as Bhutan, Malawi, and Senegal. As Health Systems Lead in USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), he supported the strengthening of health systems to accelerate the scale-up of life-saving health interventions.

april 21 | 11 AM TO 12 PM EST

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WHAT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT

how is the u.s. adapting community-based healthcare models to combat covid-19?

During the discussions designing this ISSUE, our guest editors Ann and Stasia asked this important question. 

Both Ann and Stasia have made significant investments globally and in the U.S. and are oftentimes confronted with similar realities, whether in Mozambique or North Carolina — accessible, affordable and quality care is a challenge. They questioned why effective innovations in healthcare delivery — and more recently COVID-19 prevention — are not always adapted to the U.S. or other countries’ contexts. 

The answer is complicated.

These thought-provoking questions are meant to jump-start further conversation. We’ve provided some resources below to start investigating. 

RESOURCES: 

mAY 5 | 12 PM TO 1 PM EST

UNFLITERED MOMENTUM

A GATHERING OF THE MINDS & HEARTS

Time to connect as a community in an informal, intimate space. Together, we’ll interrogate the projects, share ideas, and ask questions that have bubbled up over the course of this ISSUE. Our guest editors for this ISSUE, Ann Morris and Stasia Obremskey, will be our hosts for the event.

HEART HOMEWORK

Dig deep and learn more -- in your own time and at your own pace.

VOICE. CHOICE. AGENCY.

WATCH | IMPACT UTOPIA: WHAT IS UHC?

We all have some notion of UHC, and the countless acronyms and terms we use when talking about global health but, how well can we explain them to people who have never heard of them? If you are looking for low entry resources, these are just right for the task!

– WHY UHC: NINA’S SPECIAL MEAL

-THE FOUR PILLARS OF UHC

-TERMINOLOGY MATTERS

listen | PANDEMIC-READY HEALTH SYSTEMS (29 mins)

Public health preparedness, security, and resilience strengthen health systems. They are also key components of UHC. In this episode of The Elder’s Finding Humanity Podcast, Mary Robinson and Gro Brundtland discuss how UHC is key for pandemic preparedness and tackling health inequality in the time of COVID-19. 

LISTEN HERE

EXPLORE | PSI'S USE/NEED TOOL

The Modern Contraception Use/Need Tool allows us to see who is being failed by the market by examining subgroups in a population based on five lenses: sex, age, marital status, residence, and wealth. This kind of segmentation helps plan for scale and more accurately target potential users who are being left out of a market, and better plan how we can close the gap by designing consumer centered approaches like the ones applied in Kilifi County and Mozambique.

LEARN MORE

JOIN | SELF-CARE COMMUNITY FORUM SERIES

The Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) is hosting a community forum series: four interactive dialogues held virtually over the next year focusing on the needs and wants of those engaging in self-care, ensuring that self-care interventions and behaviors are people-centered, community-owned, and elevating the voices of our consumers. 

Register now for the next conversation in this ongoing series on April 7th at 8-9:30am ET.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER

READ | COVID-19 AND UHC

Necessity is the mother of innovation. While 2020 was no doubt a shock to health systems worldwide, it revealed some vital pathways to achieving UHC.

LEARN MORE

WATCH | TASK SHARING for expanded access

Planning for and implementing task sharing models should occur within a functioning health system and within a family planning program that ensures voluntarism and informed choice. This evidence-informed Strategic Planning Guide and webinar helps stakeholders navigate the ifs and hows to help them get started.

WATCH HERE & READ THE STRATEGY GUIDE

READ | WANTED: GENDER EQUALITY

Female community health workers are essential to reaching underserved segments of the population, especially in weaker health systems, yet they do not always receive the professional recognition and support they deserve.

READ MORE

READ | Self-Care: Good for People & sYSTEMS

The case for self-care is clear. It has the potential for interventions that are accessible, available and affordable to everyone and everywhere, while maintaining the respect and dignity of our health consumers.

READ MORE

OUR PHILANTHROPIC JOURNEY

PERSONAL ESSAYS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON THE CONSCIOUS INVESTOR

Learning to Be the Change: A Global Journey in Political Activism, Social Justice and Philanthropy

Wherever we find ourselves in the world, the fight for equity is the same, believes Ann Morris, “and solutions don’t flow in just one direction.”

LEARN MORE 

From Thailand’s ‘Condom King’ to the US and Beyond: Effecting Positive Change in the Field of Women’s Reproductive Health

Stasia Obremskey reflects on the importance of employing philanthropy and impact investing to influence women’s lives.

LEARN MORE

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