Health financing for universal coverage

Public financing for health in Africa: from Abuja to the SDGs

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WHO

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 92
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/HIS/HGF/Tech.Report/16.2

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Summary

This report takes stock of the main public financing for health trends over the past fifteen years in the African region, and highlights opportunities for accelerated progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) based on better-informed budget planning and utilization decisions.

The report presents new evidence on the critical role played by domestic public financial management systems on the level, effectiveness and quality of public spending on health in Africa. It argues that these systems should be reconsidered if countries are to move towards UHC.

Country experience in reforming public finance systems to support progress towards UHC indicates that success depends on more than simply increasing the level of public budgets. Rather, it requires appropriately targeted health budget allocations, complete execution of health’s public budgets, and improved efficiency in the use of public resources for health.

The report is composed of three sections. The first section is articulated around three policy highlights:

  • aligning budget resources and health priorities;
  • closing the gap between health budget allocation and expenditure; and
  • maximizing UHC performance with the money available.

Section 2 is dedicated to providing detailed health financing information on countries, and includes 48 country profiles focused on key health financing trends. The last section includes information on progress towards the development of health financing strategies in the region, as well as regional and country benchmarks on key health financing indicators.

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