Webinar: Rationale and Introduction to Methods for Costing the Scale-Up of Family Planning Programs

The community of practice facilitated by the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project and Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Consortium—Systematic Approaches for Scale-up of Reproductive Health/Family Planning Best Practices—held its first webinar in a webinar series on costing for scale-up on January 28, 2014. The webinar was entitled Rationale and Introduction to Methods for Costing the Scale-Up of Family Planning Programs. The webinar introduced the purpose of the learning series of webinars on costing for scaling up FP program and introduced the learning objectives and speakers for the first webinar. At the end of the webinar, E2A and IBP hosted a Q&A session.

The panelists and moderator included:

  • Moderator: Salwa Bitar, MSH
  • John Bratt,  FHI 360
  • Christine Lasway, FHI 360 

Speaker Bios

John Bratt is a Scientist I, Health Economics, in FHI 360’s Program Sciences Department. His research focuses on economic aspects of health programs in low- and middle-income countries; specific topics include costing of interventions and services, cost-effectiveness, estimating resource requirements associated with scale-up, willingness/ability to pay, and service diversification. Recent projects include unit costing of HIV/AIDS services, validation of the contingent valuation approach to assessing client willingness-to-pay, assessment of simplified approaches for costing health services, and application of break-even analysis in social marketing and national health insurance.

Christine Lasway is a Senior Technical Officer with the Research Utilization Unit at FHI 360. Her work predominantly involves providing technical assistance to countries to translate, scale-up, and institutionalize research evidence into policy and practice. She has also significantly contributed to institutionalizing knowledge translation principles in research projects at FHI 360, as well as management of strategic partnerships to facilitate adoption of evidence-based practices. Christine is the technical focal point for costed implementation plans at FHI 360, having been the team lead in the development of the costed implementation plan in Tanzania in 2009, and provided guidance for costed implementation plan development in Kenya and Senegal. She holds a Master of Public Health in International Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.