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Universal Health Care Partnership: Building stronger health systems for universal health coverage

WHO has no higher priority than universal health coverage… It not only improves health, it also helps reduce poverty, drive inclusive economic growth and advance gender equality.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General

Through this partnership, the WHO supports countries to strengthen good governance in the health sector by developing robust national health policies, to increase the coverage for essential health services. This includes the provision of technical assistance to Ministries of Health, to strengthen national and regional capacities in planning and health financing to ultimately improve service delivery, financial risk protection and health equity for all.

The partnership was initially launched in 2011 and provided support to seven countries. With the continued support of the EU along with Belgium, France, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom, it is in its fourth phase (2019-2022) and now spans 115 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

By the end of this project, the Diaffa rural pipeline will have directly contributed to strengthen health systems by creating a strong workforce consisting of 300 health graduates trained and recruited in health facilities and 12 mutual health associations to ensure universal health coverage for populations in the 12 communes of this region.

The partnership has contributed to Niger’s health system resilience and improved maternal, child and newborn health by facilitating national discussions on the operationalization of the Plan and by providing the technical support. It contributes to build on recommendations to develop at least 40 million new jobs in health and social sectors to reduce shortage of 18 million health professionals expected in low-and-middle-income countries by 2030, and offers the opportunity to women and young people to enter the health labour market. Similar efforts to support health workforce development are underway in other countries in the Southern Africa region.