Advancing Equity in Universal Health Coverage and in the Social Determinants of Health in Zimbabwe

The rapid decline of Zimbabwe's economy since 2000 has had deep impacts on other sectors, such as health. Since 2009, the Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe has launched the Short-Term Emergency and Recovery Programme to get the economy moving again, and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoHCW) has launched a national health strategy with universality, equity, and quality as its core principles. Certain health indicators have improved, some have remained unchanged, and others deteriorated. Health financing arrangements in the country are fragmented and mostly regressive, relying largely on out-of-pocket payments.

The MoHCW has been exploring more sustainable, universal, and equitable health financing arrangements as an initial step toward achieving universal health coverage. This project will support the Training and Research Support Centre in Zimbabwe to lead research into equitable domestic financing options that could support essential health benefits. More specifically, researchers will identify and analyze tax options for adequate equitable domestic health financing, propose options for managing earmarked funds, and consider indicators for monitoring health equity.

The project will convene stakeholders for multisectoral discussions, build research capacities, and carry out technical work. Among the expected impacts of this research is a fuller dialogue among stakeholders on equitable universal health coverage in Zimbabwe.

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Start Date

Monday, October 1, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


12 months

IDRC Officer

Mahmood, Qamar

Total funding

CA$ 242,900


Zimbabwe, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Rene Loewenson


Training and Research Support Centre

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Institution Website