by Robert Marten, Prof Diane McIntyre, Claudia Travassos et al.
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 30 April 2014
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) represent almost half the world’s population, and all five national governments recently committed to work nationally, regionally, and globally to ensure that universal health coverage (UHC) is achieved. This analysis reviews national efforts to achieve UHC. With a broad range of health indicators, life expectancy (ranging from 53 years to 73 years), and mortality rate in children younger than 5 years (ranging from 10•3 to 44•6 deaths per 1000 live births), a review of progress in each of the BRICS countries shows that each has some way to go before achieving UHC.