To celebrate the start of a new year, GNHE has published an assessment of progress towards universal health coverage in another country – Bolivia. The author is Cecilia Vidal Fuertes and her main conclusions are: Bolivia has recently made important progress towards the goal of universal coverage by injecting
This report aims to raise awareness about the role that the reform of public health laws can play in advancing the right to health and in creating the conditions for people to live healthy lives. By encouraging a better understanding of how public health law can be used to improve
The GBD 2015 study shows that, from 1990 to 2015, the world as a whole has been undergoing an epidemiological transition. The nature of that transition is discussed below in a brief overview of some key GBD 2015 results. Since the GBD 2015 study's results consist of over 2 billion estimated data points, this report only touches on a few of the project's most widely applicable, biggest-picture conclusions.
The JLN 2016 Global Meeting was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from July 20th – 22nd, 2016, hosted by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia. The focus of the 2016 JLN Global Meeting was on building strong health systems to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) with an emphasis on strengthening integrated, peoplecentered health systems
The UHC Primary Health Care Self-Assessment Tool was designed as a rapid diagnostic instrument for practical policy opportunities in the health system to improve the relationship between health financing and PHC efforts. Four JLN Member countries adapted and piloted the Tool in their countries and documented their experiences in detailed
This landscape review of primary care services in India documents the state of primary care delivery and highlights a handful of initiatives that can inform the design of a future system. The study comprised a desk review of published and grey literature, as well as interviews and visits with nearly
Community Health Financing as a Pathway to UHC: Synthesis of Evidence from Ghana, Ethiopia & Senegal
In about half of all countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent or more of the total health expenditure (THE) comes from household out-of-pocket payments. In fact, out-of-pocket health expenditure was less than 20 percent of THE in 2012 in only 10 of 47 countries (Sambo et al., 2013). Against this backdrop, universal
Many countries from the European region, which moved from a government financed and provided health system to social health insurance, would have had the risk of moving away from universal health coverage if they had followed a “traditional” approach. The Eastern European high-income countries studied in this paper
"Lessons from Latin America" reviews the healthcare PPP landscape across Latin America (excluding Brazil, the Caribbean and Suriname), and provides an in-depth look at PPPs that are in construction, operation or planning phases in five countries: Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Peru. The report examines the political, financial, contracting and
This brief is the first in a series of three, titled, Implementation Research for UHC in Practice – A Series of Technical Briefs Based on Lessons Learned from the Field in Myanmar and Indonesia. The series follows USAID and HFG collaborative experiences and lessons learned in
Governments should aim to move towards a predominant reliance on public funding for health, as evidence shows this increases access to health services and improves financial protection for the population. This is a key message in a new policy brief about raising revenues for health in support of Universal Health
Technical assistance reports provide the context and background of the project, and provide information on impacts and outcomes, key activities, estimated costs, financing, and implementation arrangements.
To respond to demand from JLN member countries, the Joint Learning Network Population Coverage Technical Initiative has finalized five country case studies and a paper on the topic of extending health insurance coverage to informal sector populations and their families as part of UHC reforms. This paper
This book is about 24 developing countries that have embarked on the journey towards universal health coverage (UHC) following a bottom-up approach, with a special focus on the poor and vulnerable, through a systematic data collection that provides practical insights to policymakers and practitioners. Each of the UHC programs analyzed in
Using Evidence to Design Health Benefit Plans For Stronger Health Systems: Lessons from 25 Countries
New report from the USAID Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project. Low- and middle-income country governments face competing health priorities as they try to increase their populations’ access to affordable healthcare with limited resources. Faced with difficult choices, how can governments align their spending with health system objectives?