African Health Monitor

Issue #17 » July 2013

Health Financing in the African Region

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


Issue #13 » August 2010

Decade of African Traditional Medicine 2001–2010

The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the populations of Asia, Africa and Latin America use traditional medicine to meet their primary health care needs. For many people in these countries, particularly those living in rural areas, this is the only available, accessible and affordable source of health care.

Issue #12 » April - June 2010

Health systems strengthening in the African Region

The Ouagadougou declaration and the challenges of strengthening health systems in the African region. According to WHO's definition, a health system comprises all organizations, institutions and resources devoted to producing actions whose primary intent is to improve health. Most national health systems include public, private, traditional and informal sectors. The four essential functions of a health system have been defined as service provision, resource generation, financing and stewardship.

Issue #11 » January - March 2010

Achieving the Health MDGs in the African Region

The Challenges of Achieving the Health MDGs in the African Region. During the last decade the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa has published the African Health Monitor twice a year. The Monitor has strived to present to its readers the overall strategic approaches of WHO Secretariat's actions in support to Member States and the most significant achievements resulting from both those actions and countries' efforts.