We're supporting universal health coverage through research and technical assistance in four key areas: strengthening health systems, improving financing for health, responding to Covid-19, and supporting community health workers.
- Strengthening health systems
- Improving financing for health
- Responding to Covid-19
- Community health workers
Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without financial hardship. In many countries, inadequate health coverage means high rates of avoidable death, ill health and poverty: at least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, and out-of-pocket expenses for health care drive almost 100 million people into poverty each year.
Health coverage is affected by a range of factors within the health system and beyond – including weak basic health infrastructure; shortages of skilled health workers and medicines; socioeconomic conditions and gender norms that impede access to care and drive ill-health; and underinvestment, particularly in primary health care.
UHC day is a call for rapid and increased work to make health systems equitable, resilient, and capable of meeting everyone’s needs.
Our health practice has supported progress towards UHC through research and technical assistance across countries and health system areas. Below, we highlight resources related to three key areas of current work.