This brief presents evidence, learning and recommendations from a regional programme of work in 2015-2017 on the role of essential health benefits (EHBs) in resourcing, organising and in accountability on integrated, equitable universal health systems. It outlines from the regional literature reviews and the case studies implemented in Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia the context and policy motivations for developing EHBs; and how they are being defined, costed, disseminated and used in health systems. EHBs can act as a key entry point and operational strategy for realizing universal health systems, for making clear the deficits to be met and to make the case for improved funding of health systems. The brief points to areas where regional co-operation could support national processes and engage globally on the role of EHBs in building universal, equitable and integrated health systems.
Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services
Title of publication EQUINET Policy brief 43: The role of an essential health benefit in health systems in east and southern Africa
Date of publication
with MoH, Uganda, President’s Office- Regional Admin and Local Govt and MoH Community Development Gender Elderly and Children, Tanzania, MoH, Tamunda Ass, Zambia, MoH, Swaziland
essential health benefit, east and southern Africa, universal health;
East and southern Africa region
Equinet Publication Type