SUPPORTING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

Photo Credit: MSH Staff

Photo Credit: MSH Staff

Through the publication of its new manual, Management of Medicines Benefit Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Settings, MSH is working to expand the understanding of what is required to implement health benefit packages as a component of universal health coverage—such as public and private health insurance. By incorporating medicines into universal health coverage programs, countries reduce out-of-pocket payments and ensure equitable access to quality care. The manual presents best practices from high-income countries to create awareness of the key considerations for designing a sustainable medicines benefit program in low-income countries.

MSH is also developing an accompanying Medicines Benefit Program Assessment Tool for Developing Countries. Through the USAID-funded SIAPS Program, MSH piloted the first version of the assessment tool in Ghana, Namibia, and South Africa. 

As more countries join these pilot countries working to achieve universal health coverage, MSH will work to ensure programs are in line with best practices, international standards, and driven by the best data available.