UHC Country Translation

The DCP3 Secretariat launched a UHC Country Translation project designed to respond to the increasing needs of low and middle-income countries for technical guidance and support in priority setting and in accelerating progress towards universal health coverage. It uses the DCP3 evidence and model UHC packages to translate them into national UHC Essential Packages of Health Services or Health Benefit Packages.


Utilizing DCP3

Informing Universal Health Coverage

The 9 volumes of DCP3 lay out a total of 21 essential packages. Each essential package addresses the concerns of a major professional community (e.g., child health or surgery) and contains a mix of intersectoral policies and health sector interventions. A total of 71 evidence-based policies with powerful potential to improve health were identified across multiple non-health sectors, such as implementing large excise taxes on tobacco products or installing traffic calming measures to reduce road traffic accidents. Interventions within the health sector, allocated across five platforms, comprise a suggested model of essential Universal Health Coverage with 218 interventions that provides a starting point for country-specific analysis of priorities.

What you’ll find in each volume …

While each volume has a structure and content specific to its topic, volumes contain the following sections. To search DCP3 by topic area, visit an individual volume page, which contains related journal articles and publications, dissemination resources, and news articles.

  • Burden – a review of the disease burden for each topic.
  • Effective Interventions –evidence for health and intersectoral policy interventions that have demonstrated effectiveness, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness in low-resource settings
  • Platforms and Policies – A review of current and promising platforms for service delivery. The 5 health platforms discussed in DCP3 are: population-based; community-level; health center; first-level hospital; specialty and referral care; Intersectoral policies include changes to the built environment, regulations, fiscal policies, and information and education.
  • Economic Analysis –A presentation of the relevant costing, cost-benefit analysis, cost effectiveness analysis and extended cost effectiveness analysis, both from the literature and newly conducted for DCP3.


Beyond the Volumes …

DCP work included an expansive portfolio advancing methodological approaches to economic evaluation, engaging with users and decision-makers in low- and middle-income countries, and contributing to the global knowledge base through journal publications, working paper series, and the development of topic-specific derivative products. All of this work and more can be found around the website.

  • Extended Cost Effectiveness Analysis: Guidance on the ECEA methodology to evaluate and quantify non-health impacts of health policy such as equity and financial risk protection and access to published ECEAs can be found here.
  • Country Work: Your one-stop shop for summaries of and resources related to DCP’s work with partners in 5 countries and two WHO regions since 2010. This work will continue into the future.
  • A look at gender: taking a first step at applying a gender-lens to the analysis of DCP3, the DCP-Gender initiative produced 3 policy briefs and a working paper.
  • Additional Publications: All journal articles, reports, and working papers can be found here.


DCP3 Videos

Explore various global health topics like pandemics and essential surgery in the DCP3 Video archive Read More

DCP3 Translations

Explore our volumes pages to find various translations of DCP3 chapters and resources into various languages, including Spanish, French and Chinese Read More


The DCP-Gender initiative examined the impact of DCP3 Essential Universal Health Care packages on women and girls in low- and middle-income countries. Read More