2014 Global Conference on Social Franchising for Health

2014 Global Conference on Social Franchising for Health
Oct 22 – 24, 2014, Cebu, Philippines

 


Photo credit: Rudolfo Lara

Social franchising programs around the world are growing, adopting new ideas, and gathering evidence on how to better meet public health and business goals. The Global Conference on Social Franchising allows leaders, donors, and government officials to share knowledge and best practices. This year, 167 participants registered for the conference, representing franchise programs operating in 36 countries, as well as regional and global technical support hubs based in Kenya, Cambodia, Thailand, the UK, and the US.

The four themes that drove the Conference were:

  • longer-term health financing
  • performance measurement
  • strengthening links with the public health system
  • applying technology to better meet business or clinical goals

 


Photo credit: Rudolfo Lara

This event was planned for managers and personnel of social franchise programs, with plenaries, trainings, abstract-driven sessions, competitive presentation sessions, and many opportunities to network. A limited number of technical experts, researchers, academics, government officials and donors participated.

Download the Final Agenda.

Download the Powerpoints Presented at the Conference.

 

Pre-Conference Events
Oct 22, Cebu, Philippines


Dr. Dominic Montagu facilitating a pre-conference session on Delivering Affordable, Quality Maternal Healthcare, sponsored by Merck for Mothers.
Photo credit: Rudolfo Lara

The conference featured three invitation-only pre-conference sessions:

Expert Opinion on Process Quality Framework for Social Franchising solicited expert opinion to shape the process quality framework through discussion of failures/gaps and field-tested solutions.

Discussing lessons learned from clinical social franchise programs that have used diverse funding mechanisms to recover operational costs sponsored by UKAid discussed lessons learned from clinical social franchise programs that have used diverse funding mechanisms to recover operational costs. The agenda is available here. A list of registrants is available here.

Delivering Affordable, Quality Maternal Healthcare - Is Social Franchising A Solution? Sponsored by Merck for Mothers and the University of California, San Francisco's Global Health Group, this session explored the unique challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities in social franchising for maternal health. Bringing together implementers, donors, and other experts, the session provided a forum for those working in social franchising of maternal health services to share their experiences with ensuring quality of care, performance measurement and management, and equity, among others. The session report is available here.

Site Visit to Well-Family Midwife Clinic (WFMC)
Oct 22, Cebu, Philippines

Some conference participants visited the social franchise, Well-Family Midwife Clinic (WFMC), in Cebu City. Participants asked questions to WFMC staff about sustainability, quality assurance, entrepreneurship, and health services. Site visit slots were limited and offered to the first participants who registered. 


WFMC staff listens as SF4Health conference participants ask questions about their successes.
Photo credit: Amy Penn

This conference was made possible with financial support from:

The Conference is organized by the Private Sector Healthcare Initiative of the University of California, San Francisco's Global Health Group.