Progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has not been smooth sailing at the best of times for many countries in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region. With COVID-19 overwhelming their health systems, disrupting routine health service delivery, and hampering access to services, policy makers might understandably be preoccupied with COVID response and vaccination. But it must not be forgotten that now is the time to make extra efforts to ensure that any advances they have made toward UHC are not rolled back.
Thus, the . This analytical work program is located within the regional knowledge generation efforts of the Advance UHC Multi-Donor Trust Fund and is being undertaken over a three-year period, from mid-2021 to mid-2024. It will help countries craft appropriate policies and implement strategies to preserve and sustain their progress toward UHC in the face of the pandemic.