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publication December 13, 2017

Business Unusual: Accelerating Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage


Since 2000, the world has advanced towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at an unprecedented pace. 

But not fast enough. At present rates, the 2030 global UHC targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be met. Urgent action is needed to speed up gains in the two dimensions of UHC, health service coverage and financial protection, and to ensure that no one is left behind.

At a decisive time for the global UHC movement, this report addresses policy makers in countries that are striving to accelerate UHC gains, along with their national and global partners. The report argues that the way forward for UHC may involve action on two fronts. On the one hand, countries can get additional mileage from proven strategies, including by drawing on lessons from countries that have seen rapid UHC progress in the past. On the other hand, opportunities may exist for countries to surpass previous achievements by embracing a culture of “business unusual” in health systems based on continuous innovation, shared learning, and emerging models of collaborative leadership.


Last Updated: May 09, 2018