Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Financing Health in Africa

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Financing Health in Africa

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Countries in the WHO African Region need to change the way they allocate and use public funds for health if they are to move towards universal health coverage, according to a new WHO report.

The report, entitled Public financing for health in Africa: from Abuja to the SDGs, identifies four key areas of concern: prioritization of health budget, funding inconsistency, budget under-spends and misallocation of resources.

"Too often public resources are fragmented, poorly distributed and inefficiently used," said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation at WHO headquarters and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for WHO's Africa Region in the foreword of the report.

"As a result they do not benefit the people who need them most," they said.

The report was released at the end of August, a few days before the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria agreed to invest US$ 24 billion for universal health coverage in Africa. …

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