An important United Nations sustainable development goal target for health aims to “achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” Following this declaration, significant resources have been invested in tracking countries’ progress toward the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). However, these efforts disproportionately focus on tracking implementation and outcome metrics without sufficient attention to the policy environment needed to achieve success.
One reason for this is the lack of quality data on UHC policies for many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Solving this data problem will create opportunities for comparative cross-country analysis and longitudinal analysis to understand the impact of different policy experiments on UHC progress in different jurisdictions.
This project aims to create a centralized source to track the evolution of UHC financing policy for low- and middle-income countries. Using a policy surveillance approach, the project team will conduct a systematic identification, collection, coding and analysis of laws and policies that influence financing for UHC in each country.
This project is funded by Bass Connections at Duke University. Bass Connections brings together faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, and external partners to tackle complex societal challenges in interdisciplinary research teams.