Will Africa’s New Scorecard Promote Universal Health Coverage?

by Sharifah Sekalala
Health and Human Rights Journal, November 04, 2016

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They say, “that what gets measured gets done!” On 26 August 2016 all 54 African leaders agreed to create a scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health. This scorecard will collate and publish data from all African countries on domestic health spending; the transparency and comparison with other African states is expected to encourage increases in health expenditure. The World Bank, Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and the Government of Japan have committed US$ 24 billion to support this program over the next three to five years. If implemented successfully, this measure could go a long way in supporting universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa.

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