Universal Health Coverage Research Programme

In low- and middle-income countries the non-state sector plays a significant role in the delivery of health services and in the provision of health and health-related commodities. In spite of concerns regarding the quality of non-state providers, governments and donors have increasingly recognized that in many settings moving towards universal health coverage (UHC) requires the active engagement of these providers.

Research programme

In 2014 the Alliance, in collaboration with the WHO Department for Service Delivery and Safety, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, and the Rockefeller Foundation, launched a new research programme focused on the role of non-state providers in strengthening health systems towards the achievement of UHC.

The programme of work seeks to support the development of analytical case studies to explain the performance (including successes and failures) of interventions to engage non-state providers in strengthening health systems towards the achievement of UHC.

Programme brief

Funding results and project summaries

A call for research was launched in June 2014 and 77 applications were received. Eight teams were awarded research grants to conduct studies of up to three years in duration.

Two recently-released policy briefs - September 2017

Based on the Universal Health Coverage Research Programme supported by the Alliance, two policy briefs were released in September by the icddr'b team, one of the eight recipients of the UHC grant. These policy briefs examine two major challenges faced by the project in the areas of human resources and governance, providing recommendations for policy and decision-makers on how to address these.