The Essential Health Benefit (EHB) policy interventions aim to optimize efficiency while extending coverage by increasing equity of access to the defined benefits. Uganda’s EHB is referred to as the Uganda National Minimum Healthcare Package (UNMHCP) introduced in the 1999 Health Policy. The UNMHCP is composed of cost efficient interventions against diseases or conditions most prevalent in the country. This report compiles evidence from published, grey literature and key informants on the UNMHCP since its introduction in Uganda’s health system, and findings were further validated during a oneday national stakeholder meeting. It includes information on the motivations for developing the EHBs, the methods used to develop, define and cost them, and how it has been disseminated, used in budgeting, resourcing and purchasing health services and in monitoring health system performance for accountability. It was implemented in an EQUINET research programme through Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) and Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC), in association with the ECSA Health Community, supported by IDRC (Canada).
Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Title of publication EQUINET Discussion paper 110: A case study of the Uganda National Minimum Healthcare Package
Date of publication
A case study of the Uganda National Minimum Healthcare Package,’ EQUINET Discussion paper 110, Ministry of Health, EQUINET, Uganda.
essential health benefit; Uganda
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