Universal Health Coverage

Towards Sustainability Of The Community-Based Health Insurance In Rwanda: Successes, Challenges, And Opportunities

Rwanda has made impressive gains in health over the last two decades. Life expectancy at birth has increased from 49 years in 2000 to 69.06 years in 2020 (National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda et al., 2020). The primary health care utilization rate increased from 0.81 visits per inhabitant in 2009 to 1.6 visits per […]

Investing in Primary Healthcare (PHC) to Boost Universal Health Coverage: Experiences of Health Posts in the Rwandan Healthcare System.

Primary Health Care (PHC) is considered one of the critical components of the journey leading towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). From this perspective, the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages all countries to continue investing at least 1% of their gross domestic product for primary health care (PHC) as the surest way to make progress […]

Key Messages from the July FORCE Community Webinar: Coaching Approach for Country Engagement in Burkina Faso

Background The July FORCE community webinar explored the coaching approach through the lens of the Burkina Faso country engagement process. The coach from our engagement in Burkina Faso, Dr Jean-Paul Dossou and a Burkina Faso policymaker who was a major stakeholder, Dr Lamine Traore, were invited to discuss the skills used to ensure a successful […]

Multiplicity of Schemes and Non-Alignment of the Healthcare Package Within the Framework of Strategic Health Purchasing in Cameroon: Reflections and Perspectives

Strategic health purchasing (SHP) is attracting growing interest among decision-makers in low and middle-income countries. With limited resources, available resources must be used effectively and efficiently to maximize health system objectives. SHP is one approach that can contribute to improving the performance of health systems to achieve greater health outcomes cost-effectively.1  The key policy issues […]

Lessons Benin’s National Health Insurance Scheme Can Learn From the Private Insurers’ Purchasing Strategy

Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) has become a priority for many countries.[1] According to the DHS 2017-18 data, only 1% of women and men aged 15-49 are covered by health insurance.[2] Through its current Insurance program for strengthening human capital (ARCH), the Government intends to collaborate with a private insurance company[3] to provide health insurance […]

SPARC and AfroPHC Joint Webinar on “Exploring UHC Funding and Payment Reforms for PHC in Africa.” Held on 27th of July

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) proposes a world in which everyone accesses the quality healthcare services they need without financial hardship. The vast amount of evidence indicates that primary healthcare service is essential and forms the foundation for a strong health system, offering preventive and basic healthcare intervention. However, this level of service delivery is seemingly […]

Promoting Efficient and Effective Use of Resources Mobilized to Manage the Covid 19 Pandemic. Lessons and Reflections From Uganda

The  WHO has been pushing for a whole of Government approach and whole of society approach in responding  to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, in Uganda the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an overwhelming need for resources that could not be met by the Government of Uganda alone. Government therefore called for support from citizens, Non-Governmental Organizations […]

Improving the Efficiency of Resource Allocation for Covid-19 Response in Imo State – The Role of Strategic Purchasing

Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in wide scale social and economic implications and has had a huge impact on people’s lives, families and communities [1].  In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries have reconfigured their systems to provide required services to contain the pandemic, deploying preventive equipment, testing services, intensive care units (ICU) beds, […]

Evaluating Strategic Health Purchasing Functions in Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency of Resources Allocated for COVID-19 Response in Abia State

Introduction Abia state was free of COVID-19 until March 29, 2020, when two sick persons tested positive for the virus.  The effect of the pandemic on the physical, social and economic well-being of Abians is evident. There was a decrease in workforce participation across all sectors due to job losses followed by an economic crisis […]

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