UHC In Africa Post-2015 Is Possible
The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium’s “International Health Policies” blog reports from the Africa Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) conference that took place last week in Nairobi. Discussing the opportunities and challenges of universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa in post-2015, the blog notes, “…UHC is a possibility in our lifetime. A number of African countries are on the move in the right direction towards UHC. Dr. Agnes Soucat of the African Development Bank (and one of the Lancet CIH Commissioners) noted, while presenting on the Global Health Convergence Agenda at the pre-conference, that ‘Universal health coverage is increasingly a major political issue in Africa.’ The pressing issues facing African countries’ pathways to UHC require [that] we utilize state of the art analytic tools that are alive to the realities of both the economics and politics of UHC. This way, the transition to UHC can be assured…” (Birungi, 3/14).