Implementing Universal Health Coverage on the Ground: The View from Four Countries

Resource Type: Brief
Authors: Megan Meline, Health Finance & Governance Project
Published: 5/29/2016

Resource Description: 

With the passage of the new Sustainable Developments Goals, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is quickly becoming the new North Star guiding global health development. UHC means everyone can get quality, affordable health care, even those who are traditionally marginalized or vulnerable. But reaching this destination won’t be easy – for any country.

UHC is new territory with no clear roadmap: each country will forge its own route, which will be influenced by its politics, finances, health indicators, and competing priorities. Mobilizing domestic resources is key, especially given that donor assistance has plateaued and is projected to decrease in many countries.

Despite these challenges, countries are making headway. USAID’s Health Finance and Governance Project (HFG), led by Abt Associates, is working in more than 30 countries, learning what implementing UHC looks like in practice. HFG’s experiences in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Nigeria offer valuable insights into what implementing UHC entails.


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