The ITM study, which was presented in Antwerp on February 8th, puts forward a series of conditions that have to be fulfilled to make progress on Universal Health Coverage, and to make sure that such coverage also reaches the most vulnerable in society.
According to the researchers, the presence of accessible and well functioning health services is a first and necessary condition to provide health for all. They also stress the need for more and better data to monitor progress, and for harmonisation of fragmented financing efforts.
"If we want to guarantee health for all, a performant health system is not only needed in times of crisis, as the Ebola epidemic shockingly reminded us, but equally so in everyday life", resumes Werner Soors, who coordinated the study.
The take-home lesson is clear: if development cooperation wants to effectively contribute to progress towards Universal Health Coverage, efforts will be needed to strengthen first and foremost the healthcare delivery systems in all countries. This message is particularly relevant for the Belgian development cooperation, which is mainly present in fragile states where health systems are weak.
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