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Michael Chaitkin

Senior Program Officer

There isn’t a single best model for health financing that can be applied in all places. Our approach is to meet countries where they are, understand their goals, and then based on global and local evidence for what works and what’s feasible, partner with governments and other health sector stakeholders to craft and evaluate policy options and support their implementation.”

Michael Chaitkin is a health financing specialist with nearly a decade of experience in policy research and project management, most recently focused on health financing reforms in an era of declining donor funding for health. This work includes designing social health insurance systems and policy, priority setting, conceiving (or re-conceiving) provider payment mechanisms, and integrating health programs into broader financing and management systems.

Now a senior program officer in the health practice at R4D, Mr. Chaitkin supports governments in low- and middle-income countries like Kenya, South Africa and Vietnam to undertake ambitious reforms to health financing, policy and systems in pursuit of universal health coverage.

Before joining R4D, he consulted on the early design of the World Bank’s Health Financing System Assessment toolkit and on the USAID-funded Health Policy Project’s analyses of financing for and equity of access to sexual and reproductive health services in Ghana and across 74 countries.

Mr. Chaitkin previously served as special assistant to the World Bank’s chief economist for sustainable development. In that capacity, he spearheaded the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a global partnership to identify and fill critical knowledge gaps in the economics, design, and implementation of green growth policies. He has led or contributed to exploratory studies and conceptual frameworks that inform both national decision-making processes and global discourse in forums like the International Health Partnership for UHC2030 and the HIV Economics Reference Group.

Mr. Chaitkin holds an MPH from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University and a BA in international relations from Stanford University. He speaks English and Spanish.

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