Universal health coverage means that everyone has access to the healthcare services that they need without the risk of financial hardship. Apart from endorsing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UHC resolutions as UN member states, the African continent has made its own reinforcing commitments. For instance, in 2001, the African Union countries met in Abuja and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15% of their annual budget to enhance sustainable financing for the health sector (the Abuja declaration). The 2007-2015 Africa health strategy recognises health as a human right and calls on African governments to guarantee health care for all their citizens in an equitable manner, while the 2016-2030 Africa Health Strategy sets a goal for the continent to achieve UHC by 2030 (African Union 2007, African Union 2016).
Options is proud to have contributed to The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) Commission on the State of UHC in Africa (AHAIC Commission) recently published report that takes stock of Africa’s progress in fulfilling these UHC commitments.
The link to the report can be found here: The state of universal health coverage in Africa