The implementation of universal health coverage is a priority for global health policymakers, however one element that has received less attention than it merits is the impact of the demographic transition on both resources and service delivery.
The new report, Africa’s Demographic Transition: Dividend or Disaster?, addresses that gap by taking a population-centric approach towards achieving UHC. Indeed the pursuit of UHC is a multisectoral challenge that encompasses education, labor markets, gender, economics and the epidemiological transition, to name just a few. The following blogs, video, and podcast from a range of authors provide a rich backdrop of contextual factors that will determine successful implementation of UHC:
- Optimism about Africa’s Demographic Dividend - by Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President, The World Bank
- 7 Facts about Population in Sub-Saharan Africa - by Anna Bakilana, Senior Health Economist, The World Bank
- Will Africa get a Schooling Dividend? - by Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor of Development Sociology, Cornell University
- Female Education and Childbearing - by Elina Pradhan, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- The Demographic Transition and Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa - by David Newhouse, Senior Economist, The World Bank
- Is Africa Aging? - by Akshar Saxena, Global Health Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
The need to capitalize on the demographic transition while populations are still relatively young is urgent as it will determine the labor force of the future. Unhealthy aging will create tremendous costs and pressures on scarce resources that are already stretched thin in many of these countries. Please help expand awareness of the demographic transition by sharing the blogs above with your wider communities to cover all bases in our goal of reaching UHC.