IDS Rapid Response Briefing;16

What Does the End of Africa’s Boom Mean for Universal Health Coverage?

Published on 23 January 2017

Achieving universal health coverage by 2030, as stated in UN Global Goal 3, will require substantial increases in health spending and the proportion funded through taxation or social insurance to make health care affordable for all. Not only will institutions need to be established to ensure sustainable arrangements for social finance, it will also be vital to ensure that health financing is resilient to economic and other shocks if Global Goal 3 is to be realised.

This presents a major challenge in Africa, where an economic downturn is projected in a number of resource-dependent countries, such as Mozambique and Guinea Bissau and where countries such as Sierra Leone have weakened health systems. The response to these challenges by governments and development partners, will have important effects on how well people, and the health services on which they rely, cope in the short term and longer-term evolution of health coverage.


Gerald Bloom

Research Fellow

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Institute of Development Studies
Russo, G. and Bloom, G.
IDS Rapid Response Briefing, issue 16


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