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Data, New Technology, Strategic Decision-Making Key To Achieving UHC In Africa

AllAfrica: Africa: Three Promising Pathways to Universal Health Coverage in Africa
Jean Kagubare, deputy director of Global Primary Health Care at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“…[T]here is no better return on investment than strengthening primary health care, the backbone of all great health systems. But how do we do that? While every country’s path to universal health coverage will look different, I am excited about three key approaches: using data to guide improvements, leveraging new technologies to expand access to care, and making better decisions about where to spend resources. … As countries across the continent increasingly commit to Health for All, the next step is identifying the reforms that will help get there. Improving primary health care systems through better data, technology, and strategic purchasing is the smartest way forward. We all have a role to play in translating rhetoric into results and transforming health on the continent. Let’s get to work” (3/4).