The role of health service delivery networks in achieving universal health coverage in Africa
Journal – South Eastern European Journal of Public Health
Article type – Journal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – May – 2021
Authors – Knovicks Simfukwe , Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi ,Amos Abimbola Oladunni ,Salma Elmukashfi Eltahir Mohammed, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
Keywords – Health Service Delivery Networks, health systems, Human Development Index, Sub-Saharan Africa, Universal health coverage, World Health Organization
Open access – Yes
Speciality – Health policy
World region Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 4, 2021 at 7:20 am
Most countries in Africa are faced with health system problems that vary from one to the next. Countries with a low Human Development Index (HDI) seem to be more prone to challenges in health service delivery. To mark its 70th anniversary on World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) selected the theme “Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Everyone, Everywhere” and the slogan “Health for All. ”UHC refers to ensuring that all people have access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation) of sufficient quality to be effective while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship. UHC is a WHO’s priority objective. Most governments have made it their major goal.
This paper provides a perspective on the challenges of achieving UHC in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It also endeavors to spotlight the successful models of Health Service Delivery Networks (HSDNs) that make significant strides in making progress towards achieving UHC. HSDNs propose models that facilitate the attainment of affordability and accessibility while maintaining quality in delivering health services. Additionally, it brings up to speed the challenges associated with setting up HSDNs in health systems in SSA. It then makes propositions of what measures and strategic approaches should be implemented to strengthen HSDNs in SSA. This paper further argues that UHC is not only technically feasible but it is also attainable if countries embrace HSDNs in SSA.
OSI Number – 21117