Health Financing and Social Protection

The Health Financing and Social Protection (HFS) Programme provides evidence-based policy and technical support to Member States to improve health system financing in terms of policy development, allocation and tracking of funds, social and financial risk protection, equity in financing and efficiency in resource use.

National health systems – Africa’s big public health challenge

National health systems – Africa’s big public health challengeNo region needs to scale up its health systems more than Africa. People get sick and die in many cases because the systems for disease prevention and control are not in place or – if they are – they do not function properly.

This is not only the case in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa but also in non-affected countries throughout the African Region. By any measure of health system function – immunization coverage, skilled birth attendance, malnutrition, and maternal and child mortality – the Region is in poor shape, despite recent improvements.

Featured publications:

health-fin-state-2013-tnWHO African Region Expenditure Atlas  november 2014hs-eff-10-cases
 State of health financing in the African Region (1.36 MB)WHO African Region Expenditure Atlas (3.86 MB) 

Improving Health System Efficiency (429kB)
Lessons from 10 country cases