Evidence and proposals for advancing equity and universal coverage of health services in Zimbabwe
This policy brief outlines the main findings and proposals from the ReBUILD project Rebuilding the foundations for universal health coverage with equity in Zimbabwe led by TARSC.
The Zimbabwe 2009-2015 National Health Strategy aimed for a universal health system that provides quality health services for all, particularly through public sector health services and primary health care. The Ministry of Health and Child Care and TARSC working with Atchison, KIT and ZEPARU steered by the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) implemented research on options for improving domestic revenue mobilisation. Following inclusion for the first time of the right to health care in the 2013 Constitution, within a process underway to frame Zimbabwe’s health financing policy, research investigated measures for the equitable allocation of resources; and for the institutional, governance and purchasing arrangements and mechanisms for managing funds to deliver an updated Essential Health Benefit (EHB). This brief presents the main findings and proposals from this work, as reviewed by stakeholders and by the top management of the MoHCC.
In March 2015, a one and a half day National Research Forum on “Evidence for advancing UHC in Zimbabwe” that gathered over 100 people from a wide range of constituencies and sectors reviewed this and other research evidence on UHC and raised proposals for policy, research and debate that are also included in this brief.