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Pandemic Shock & Health Financing: Old Scars, New Wounds

International Geneva Global Health Platform
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Room B, World Meteorological Organization Building (WMO), Avenue de la Paix 7 bis, Geneva and online

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Join the discussion around the World Bank’s second update to the March 2021 paper – “From Double Shock to Double Recovery – Implications and Options for Health Financing in the Time of COVID-19”. Using the IMF macro-economic projections, this edition of the update, titled “Old scars, new wounds”, analyses the evolving macro-fiscal situation in 177 countries and its likely impacts on health spending through 2027. It also argues that by acting together now, countries can narrow global gaps in health spending capacities, bolster future pandemic preparedness, and prime health systems in all countries for inclusive health and economic recovery.



Welcome and introductions by Maria Dimitriadou, Special Representative to the UN and WTO, World Bank

Opening remarks by Professor Suerie Moon, Co-Director of the Global Health Centre, Geneva Graduate Institute

Presentation by Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead for Health Financing, World Bank

Panel discussion:

  • Mai Farid, Assistant Minister of Finance for Economic Justice, Egypt
  • Dr. Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Senior Advisor on Global Health to Permanent Secretary Office, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
  • Joe Kutzin, Coordinator, Health Financing Policy, World Health Organization
  • Nidda Yusuf, Lead, Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage, Save the Children
  • Hiroshi Matsumura, First Secretary, Global Health Team, Permanent Mission of Japan to international organisations in Geneva

Closing remarks by Toomas Palu, Advisor, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice



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