Annie Haakenstad is a Ph.D. candidate in the global health and population department at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Previously, Annie managed research on health financing and impact evaluations at IHME. Annie also worked in a number of different roles at the United Nations in Geneva. Annie received her bachelor's in international affairs from the George Washington University and her master's in development studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
Routine collection of health financing data is essential for effective health policy. More investment in simple, granular and timely health financing estimates is needed, write Annie Haakenstad, a graduate student at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Joseph Dieleman, assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, in this guest column.