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