African Health Monitor
Health is now recognized as a key aspect of human and economic development, and health financing as a major function of a health system, whose objectives are to make funding available and ensure that all have access to effective health services. The aim of developing health financing systems which support the promotion of universal health coverage in Africa is explored via the case studies, analyses and lessons learned presented.
AFRO support for a policy dialogue to develop health financing systems and move towards universal health coverage in Africa
The impact of mutual health organizations in Rwanda
Gabon’s national insurance scheme
The abolishment of user fees in Uganda
The effect paying for essential healthcare has on deepening poverty – the experiences of Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal
The strategic directions of WHO-AFRO are based on the recognition of the impact of key health determinants, and the need to address them in the African Region where health inequalities are prominent and access to quality health services is limited. This issue of the Monitor contains a number of papers describing the various facets of WHO’s work on these determinants.
The articles in this issue of the African Health Monitor deal with important issues in the African Region: children mortality from preventable and treatable diseases; maternal and newborn mortality, the highest in the world; malaria; cancer of the cervix, the commonest and leading cause of mortality among women in the African Region; and progress on the Millenium Development Goals. It would be useful reading for all health-workers and policymakers.
Health systems and primary health care in the African Region. A weak national health system can be viewed as an important contributor to poverty and inequity in the African Region. Persons who are in poor health less frequently move up and more frequently move down the social ladder than healthy persons.