A concrete set of priorities for universal health coverage (UHC) is proposed in this chapter, grounded in economic reality and intended to prove appropriate to the health needs and constraints of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), by (1) developing a model benefits package referred to as essential UHC (EUHC); (2) identifying a subset of interventions termed the highest-priority package (HPP); and (3) presenting a case all countries—including low-income countries—could strive to fully implement the HPP interventions by the end of the Sustainable Development Goal...
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.