Gina Lagomarsino is the president and CEO at Results for Development (R4D), which works with change agents around the globe to create self-sustaining systems that support healthy, educated people. She also has extensive experience designing health system reforms to strengthen equity, quality and efficiency. As one of the original co-founders and managing directors at R4D, she was instrumental in developing several key partnerships, including the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, the Center for Health Market Innovations, and the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage.
Arming private providers with the clinical and business management skills as independent operators is one of the most effective ways for countries to strengthen maternal health systems and reduce maternal mortality. MSD for Mothers' Dr. Priya Agrawal and Results for Development's Gina Lagomarsino explain.
Numerous innovations have already been developed but there are many barriers to identifying and speeding up the spread of innovative policies and practices. Here are some of the essential elements to make that happen.