Equity in financing and use of health care in Ghana, South Africa, and Tanzania : implications for paths to universal coverage
Burkina Faso implemented a national subsidy for emergency obstetric and
neonatal care (EmONC) covering 80% of the cost of normal childbirth in public
health facilities. The objective was to increase coverage of facility-based
In 2007, Burkina Faso launched a public policy to subsidize 80% of the cost of normal deliveries.
As countries work towards Universal Health Coverage, there is a need to design, implement, and manage provider payment methods reforms, but from a systems perspective, rather than traditional linear models.
Since 2007, Burkina Faso has subsidized 80% of the costs of childbirth. Women are required to pay 20% except for the indigent, who are exempt. The objective of the policy was to increase service utilization and reduce costs for households.
The success of PALM PLUS (Practical Approach to Lung Health and HIV/AIDS in Malawi) suggests this intervention is adaptable for use in other resource-limited settings.
Background: In low-income countries, only about a third of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) patients eligible for anti-retroviral treatment currently receive it. Providing
HIV prevention programmes should take into account levels of social stigma, especially among the disadvantaged, and act carefully not to increase it.
Background: HIV testing with counseling is an integral component of most national HIV and AIDS prevention
strategies in southern Africa. Equity in testing implies that people at higher risk for HIV such as women; those who