African Nations Must Step Up Political Will, Financing For Universal Health Coverage

Financial Times: How to get adequate and sustainable finance for health in Africa
Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Muhammad Ali Pate, global director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank Group and director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents; and Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“Even in the poorest countries in the world, huge progress has been made in improving health. … Yet there remains a yawning gap between the aspiration of the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG3) to deliver health and wellbeing for all, and the reality, particularly in Africa. Innovation, better implementation, and renewed political commitment can close part of that gap. But we also need more money. … To deliver truly universal health coverage, leaving no one behind, will require a massive step up in health financing by African governments. … To build a universal healthcare system that leaves no one behind and delivers health and wellbeing for all is ultimately a political choice. … Through deepening our collaboration we aim to enhance our support to Africa’s own efforts to accelerate progress…” (9/24).