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New Report Explores Equity And Universal Health Coverage

“Together with UNICEF, WHO, and Save the Children, the Rockefeller Foundation is formally launching ‘Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap,’ a report [.pdf] that serves to reframe the focus of universal health coverage (UHC) so that equity is the lens through which all future efforts towards achieving UHC are viewed,” Jeanette Vega, managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation, writes in the organization’s blog (9/23). “The report focuses on how and why inequity should be prioritized as countries advance toward universal health coverage. It identifies policy options that governments and donors should consider when implementing reforms in this area and estimates the effect this could have on health outcomes, providing implications for the post-2015 development agenda,” according to a WHO press release posted on (9/24). According to the report summary on Save the Children U.K.’s site, “Research for this report includes: a structured literature review; key informant interviews; an econometric analysis of the impact of more equitable health financing on mortality rates; [and] a Lives Saved analysis of the impact of eliminating in-country wealth inequities on coverage of maternal and child health services” (September 2013).