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Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap

A report by the Rockefeller Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) focuses on how and why inequity – unfair and avoidable inequalities – should be prioritised as countries progress on the path towards UHC. Investing in equitable progress towards UHC will save lives. It will improve health status, increase productivity, and contribute to economic growth and stronger household resilience.

This report identifies policy options that governments and donors should consider when implementing reforms for UHC and estimates the effect this could have on health outcomes, setting out the implications for the post- 2015 sustainable development framework.

Research for this report includes:

  • a structured literature review 
  • key informant interviews 
  • an econometric analysis of the impact of more equitable health financing on mortality rates
  • a Lives Saved analysis of the impact of eliminating in-country wealth inequities on coverage of maternal and child health services.
Published 2013-09-16

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