African Health Monitor Issue #20
Special issue: Universal Health Coverage
Universal health coverage (UHC) aims to provide health care and financial protection to all people in a given country with three related objectives: equity in access – everyone who needs health services should get them, and not simply those who can pay for them; quality of health services – good enough to improve the health of those receiving the services; and financial-risk protection – ensuring that the cost of health care does not put people at risk of financial hardship. It is a powerful concept in public health, and one of the key areas of progress in health in the African Region.
This special issue of the African Health Monitor has a dual objective: firstly, it offers an overview of research on the subject of UHC in Africa; and secondly, it provides wider dissemination of research results presented and discussed in African scientific meetings. All the articles of this special issue originated from presentations made during the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) 3rd biennial scientific conference held in Nairobi in March 2014. Eleven of the 188 presentations made at the conference were selected by a joint team of WHO staff and AfHEA members and expanded into full papers for publication in the Monitor.
News and Events
- An introduction to the African Health Economics and Policy Association and its collaboration with WHO
- The critical role of health financing in progressing universal health coverage
- Impact of performance-based financing on health-care quality and utilization in urban areas of Cameroon
- Institutions and structural quality of care in the Ghanaian health system
- Solidarity in community-based health insurance in Senegal: Rhetoric or reality?
- Financing flows through private providers of HIV services in sub-Saharan Africa
- Early evidence from results-based financing in rural Zimbabwe
- Piloting a performance-based financing scheme in Chad: Early results and lessons learned
- Estimating willingness to pay for maternal health services: The Kenya reproductive health voucher programme
- Fondements de la résilience et de la pérennité de la mutuelle de santé Fandène, Sénégal
- Increasing equity among community-based health insurance members in Rwanda
- L’impact des modalités d’allocation des ressources dans les mécanismes d’exemption sur l’équité : Plan Sésame, Sénégal