Community of Practice

This work package implements an innovative model to generate, accumulate and share knowledge at regional level in the domain of selective free health care. Knowledge is understood in a broad sense: both scientific evidence and practical expertise on how to do things.

In November 2011 a CoP workshop was held in Bamako, Mali Meeting summary

CoP meeting November 2011

Following on from the meeting in Mali a policy brief on maternal health fee exemptions was produced (english french )

A conceptual framework for assessing performance of Communities of Practice in Health Policy by Bruno Meessen and Maria Paola Bertone (2012) can be downloaded here CoP_assessment_framework2012.pdf

FEMHealth contribution to Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2nd November 2012 Beijing a panel of four presentations, chaired by Sophie Witter:(1) the Community of Practice concept and early experiences (Allison Kelley); (2) a framework for monitoring and evaluating CoPs (Maria Bertone); (3) monitoring data on members and their activities (Bruno Meessen) and (4) early findings on the value-added for members (Isabelle Lange) CoPANEL_Beijing2012.pdf

We are pleased to share with you the annual report for the Financial Access Health Services CoP for 2102, which provides an overview of activities, but also perceived successes and challenges (english version; french version).

The model of knowledge management is a regional community of practice: the “financial access community of practice” (FA CoP).

The FA CoP brings together experts working on the various policies and mechanisms being put in place across Africa. The CoP is a forum for gathering and sharing knowledge among its members, and for coordinating initiatives being carried out by different agencies.

Three “clusters” of the CoPFA:

  • health insurance mechanisms including national, social, private, and community-based health insurance schemes.
  • means-testing based mechanisms, including waivers, health equity funds, vouchers and conditional cash transfers, with an emphasis on identifying and covering the poor.
  • categorical targeting mechanisms based on specific priority health care services (malaria prevention and treatment, maternal and child health services, HIV/AIDS services) and/or specific categories of the population (children under five years of age, pregnant women, the elderly).

The FA CoP, whose activities are organised in French and English, works through a variety of strategies.

  • face-to-face meetings (regional workshops, training sessions),
  • web-based exchanges (discussion forum, webchats, resource center for studies, documents, and tools)
  • professional development opportunities and networking
  • studies/analysis/documentation on priority topic areas
  • development and support to country-level CoPs on financial access

What can the FA CoP offer your country?

  • a pool of expert-practitioners familiar with operational, scientific and policy challenges related to improving financial access to health services
  • a network for cross-learning with other countries facing similar challenges
  • access to global knowledge on improving financial access
  • opportunities for technicians to attend events or training sessions

What can the FA CoP offer you?

  • access to an international network in a very dynamic field of knowledge
  • opportunities for learning, exchanging and debating
  • constant information on new theoretical, operational or empirical developments related to improving financial access
  • opportunities for professional growth, through better visibility, capacity building, and access to new job openings

If you have any questions about the CoP, please email us at

For more information on financing CoP, visit the Harmonization for Health in Africa website

Click here to send an email to subscribe to the FA CoP.