To achieve universal health coverage (UHC), it is important to define, measure, and monitor it at the country level. For this purpose, WHO and World Bank developed a monitoring framework for the three dimensions of UHC: effective coverage of essential services, financial risk protection, and equity (WHO, World Bank, 2014). Research suggests that the main challenges to measure proposed UHC indicators are: 1) sourcing quality data, 2) disaggregating the indicators to examine equity, and 3) measuring effective coverage.
HFG provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in Ghana to examine the issues and challenges related to measuring UHC. The paper summarizes the potential indicators that can be used to measure health service coverage and financial risk protection and provides a roadmap for the Ghana Ministry of Health to use in the context of monitoring progress towards UHC.Download