Health Financing and Benefit Incidence Analysis in Uganda and Zambia

Universal health coverage is a major goal internationally. Under universal systems, health care is paid for in advance, via prepayment mechanisms, and the use of health services is based on need. Very few African countries have universal health systems.

This project will attempt to assess the performance health systems in Uganda and Zambia in relation to universal coverage. Researchers will endeavor to quantify the impoverishing effect of out-of-pocket payment for catastrophic health events. They will evaluate the distribution of the healthcare financing burden and healthcare benefits between socioeconomic groups. They will compare the findings to those from comparable research nearing completion in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania (project 103457). And, they will assess the feasibility and potential impact of various policy scenarios using simulation models.

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Start Date

Monday, December 20, 2010

End Date

Friday, December 20, 2013


30 months

IDRC Officer

Ingabire, Marie-Gloriose

Total funding

CA$ 366,015


South of Sahara, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Charlotte Zikusooka


Healthnet Consult Limited

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Project Leader

John E. Ataguba


University of Cape Town

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South Africa

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Project Leader

Bona Chitah


University of Zambia

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