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Innovations in Financing for Cancer: Lessons Learned and Opportunities

November 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Free

Session Details

Date: Thursday, November 16th, 5:00-6:45pm (UK)

Session: Financing Global Expansion of Cancer Care and Control

Host: Health Systems Innovation Lab, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Zoom Link: TBD

About this event

This panel and moderated discussion bring together distinguished former political officials spanning health, finance, and planning with leaders from private finance sectors to discuss innovative approaches to financing cancer. The panel will explore a variety of topics regarding innovations in financing cancer, including novel methods for financing cancer in small states, considering the unique socio-economic and political environments in which they operate. Additionally, the panelists will share their experiences and insights into how they navigated the complexities of financing cancer services during their tenures and the lessons they learned that could guide current and future initiatives. Finally, the discussion will explore the potential of private sector financing and impact investment to transform the landscape of cancer care financing, with emphasis on practical examples, benefits, and challenges. Led by Professor Rifat Atun, Director of the Health Systems Innovation Lab at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this event will reinforce the imperative for innovative, reliable, and sustainable financing for cancer care.

Speakers

Themes

  1. Global and Regional Strategies in Cancer Financing: An exploration of novel methods and approaches being used by small states and countries in various regions to finance cancer care, considering the unique socio-economic and political environments in which they operate.
  2. The Role of Heads of State and Public Officials in Cancer Financing: Experiences and insights into ways to navigate the complexities of cancer financing during their tenures and the lessons they learned that could guide current and future initiatives.
  3. The Impact of Private and Impact Finance in Cancer Financing: Exploring the potential of private sector financing and impact investment to transform the landscape of cancer care financing, with emphasis on practical examples, benefits, and challenges.

Keywords: financing, innovation, small states, politics, private sector, impact finance

Program
Chair: Prof Rifat Atun, Director of the Health Systems Innovation Lab and Professor of Global Health Systems, Harvard University, Boston, USA

5:00-5:05 Welcome and Introductions
Prof. Rifat Atun, Harvard University, USA
5:05-5:55 Global Strategies, Regional Insights, and the Role of Impact & Private Finance

  • Baroness Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Former VP of South Africa, former UN official
  • Muhamad Chatib Basri, Former Minister of Finance, Indonesia
  • Luis Fernando Mejía, Former Director General of the National Planning Department, Colombia
  • Carolina Battista, Baraka Impact Finance
  • Bernard Mensah, President of International, Bank of America
5:55-6:25 Moderated Discussion
Prof. Rifat Atun
6:25-6:45 Q&A
Attendees and Participants
Synthesis and take-home messages
Prof. Rifat Atun

Details

Date:
November 16
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Harvard Health Systems Innovation Lab
Email
hsinnovationlab@hsph.harvard.edu