Mobilizing Resources to Finance Global Health Priorities – Huffington Post
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Finance ministers often insist on evidence of efficiency and returns on investments. Participants agreed that bringing together finance and health officials is critical for making the case that investing in health makes economic sense. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Minister of Health for Nigeria, was adamant when he said, “We must speak the dialect of finance ministers when advocating for health, use credible data and strive for efficiency.” His words were echoed by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister for Nigeria and now chair of the GAVI Vaccine Alliance Board, who added that the health and education communities must combine forces in their quest for more resources.
One side session was entirely dedicated to exploring the potential of the private sector to advance the health agenda. Whether it is a matter of sharing financial risks, advancing innovation, setting quality standards or helping the public sector use its resources more efficiently, the role of the private sector remains unclear and possibly untapped. This is where civil society has a role to play: by holding both public and private sectors accountable.
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