Former Summer Fellow Publishes Paper on Universal Health Coverage in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria & Tanzania

Chukwuemeka Umeh, a postdoctoral associate at the School of Public Health and a 2016 Graduate Summer Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently published a paper titled “Challenges toward achieving universal health coverage in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania” in The International Journal of Health Planning and Management.

In the paper, which stems in part from Umeh’s research as a Summer Fellow at the Pardee Center, he explores why efforts to provide universal health coverage (UHC) in several sub-Saharan African countries have achieved little success. Through an analysis of the national health insurance schemes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania, Umeh reviews the challenges in each country and suggests policy changes to bolster UHC, such as better financing and revenue utilization, identification of the very poor and those working in the informal sector, and improved access to care in rural areas.

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