Dr Nkechi Olalere

Executive Director, SPARC

Dr Nkechi Olalere is the Executive Director of Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) and steers SPARC’s vision of empowering countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all.

Nkechi has over sixteen years’ experience in health financing implementation. Before joining the development sector, she served as a C-suite executive in various health insurance firms operating the National Health Insurance Scheme and private health insurance plans in Nigeria. She is passionate about strategic purchasing, especially provider payment reforms, several of which she led in the private health insurance space. Nkechi’s experience in the private and public sectors gives her an interesting perspective into health system strengthening.

Nkechi is the chair of Africa Union’s (AU) Tracker sub-committee tasked with developing indicators and measures of progress for ‘More Health for the Money’. This work is an input into the domestic health financing tracker, which will complement the Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health and enable AU Member States to track progress on domestic financing, including its efficient and effective allocation and use. She has recently been appointed into the newly formed Global Financing Facility Results Advisory Group.

3:15pm – 4:15pm EAT

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 Day 2

Strategic Health Purchasing: Changing the Conversation

Hosted by the Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Centre (SPARC)

(2.5 hours | 3:15pm - 5:20pm EAT)

Two years after the SPARC launch, what has changed in the landscape of strategic health purchasing (SHP) on the continent? This session will unpack the gaps/challenges experienced by countries and SPARC’s efforts to generate evidence and develop the expertise at bridging these gaps. The session will include:

  • A spoken word performance to introduce the session
  • An introductory presentation focusing on the functional capacities needed to drive progress on strategic purchasing
  • Presentation findings of a mapping exercise undertaken in 10 sub-Saharan African countries through the SPARC Technical Partners (TPs) Consortium
  • A fireside chat with key policymakers to provide framing on progress and challenges affecting the institutionalization of SHP
  • A moderated Q&A session – featuring policymakers and technical experts – open to all participants
  • Conclude the session and reflect on key messages