DCP3 Country Translation

DCP3 Country Translation

The DCP3 Country Translation Project utilizes the DCP3 evidence and model health packages to provide technical assistance and capacity building to low- and middle-income countries in priority setting, developing, revising and implementing national and sub-national Essential Packages of Health Services, and supporting countries in accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage. Read More

Investing in UHC Health Benefit Packages in Pakistan

The Pakistan Government is committed to improving the health of its population by providing universal access to affordable and quality essential health services. Nearly 53% of the total health expenditure in Pakistan comes from out-of-pocket payments, and every year, an estimated 350,000 households fall into poverty because of the high costs of accessing health care. In 2020, Pakistan became the first country in the world to invest in developing a national Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) based on the DCP3 evidence and model Universal Health Coverage packages. The EPHS was endorsed at the highest level by the Inter-Ministerial Health and Population Council and will be implemented in a phased approach within the next five years. It is estimated to avert an additional 46.7 million DALYs, and reduce stunting by 10%, under-five mortality by 30%, neonatal mortality by 33%, and maternal mortality by 35%.

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On 30 March 2022, the DCP3 Review network of experts gathered in London to review lessons learned from six countries in developing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Essential Packages of Health Services (EPHS). The meeting is part of the DCP3 Country Translation global guidance initiative, which aims to provide policy makers in low- and middle-income countries with practical advice on developing or revising their EPHS.

On 28-29 March, 2022, the Ministry of Health of Liberia and DCP3 organized a workshop to assess the existing health services in Liberia against the DCP3 recommended essential Universal Health Coverage package. The workshop is part of the Ministry’s collaboration with the DCP3 Country Translation initiative in revising the Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) in line with population health needs and available financial resources. The outcome of this exercise will inform the prioritization process for choosing and optimizing the EPHS interventions.

The Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) is hosting the 13th edition of the International Society for Priorities in Health Conference on 28-30 April, 2022. The experience of Pakistan in developing a national UHC EPHS based on DCP3 evidence and model package will be shared during the thematic day on Universal Health Care Priority Setting. 

About Disease Control Priorities
Disease Control Priorities provides a periodic review of the most up-to-date evidence on cost-effective interventions to address the burden of disease in low-resource settings. This 3rd edition (DCP3) brought together over 500 scholars, policymakers, and technical experts across 9 volumes published between 2015 and 2018, each tackling a different topic area.