While many governments have made commitments to country-specific UHC agendas, they face obstacles in translating known solutions into action. As a result, implementation falters, commitment risks erosion, and equity, quality and financial protection issues persist.
There are political economy challenges, such as ensuring the involvement of vested stakeholders at the country level (ministries of finance, the private sector and civil society) that is crucial to country ownership and support of the UHC agenda.
Linkages at the sub-regional level among these stakeholders are also underdeveloped; regional sharing of experience and solutions could be better leveraged to help individual countries advance towards UHC.
“UHC and health financing advocacy” is often abstractly presented, limiting effective understanding and support within the population.
The ACS Approach
ACS knows that the pathway towards UHC is not one-size-fits-all. We incorporate key in-country stakeholders’ voices to ensure that UHC policies and strategies are grounded in the diverse needs of the population.
Country by country, region by region, ACS examines existing UHC efforts and helps to identify what the obstacles are. Whether the entry point is HIV/AIDS or expanding coverage to the most vulnerable, ACS advances these efforts by mobilizing and sharing the knowledge of experts in health financing, policy, technical processes and communications.
Moving toward sustainable UHC involves an incremental, complex process. Most importantly, ACS knows that the long road to success must be Africa-led, working with Africa-based experts who are deeply knowledgeable about countries’ specific health system and financing needs. ACS ‘ team of experts from Benin, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Senegal has worked hand-in-hand with national counterparts to:
– Develop systems and services to manage and track HIV/AIDS resources for epidemic control
– Engage diverse stakeholders from all levels to guide a health insurance pilot program
– Facilitate collective development of roadmap to UHC while also creating a layman’s version
for popular accessibility
– Provide continuous support to government leadership to better understand what helps (or
hampers) progress towards UHC and to make necessary adjustments.