Universal Health Care improves health access in developing countries for the vulnerable groups.

DSI provided technical assistance in 2018-19 to the Ivory Coast Government, to value the individual contribution to the system for making it sustainable for the next 10 years.

Côte d’Ivoire has initiated a pilot project of universal health care in 2017 for students with a plan to expand it to the whole population by 2019. To estimate the cost of this expansion, DS Institute provided a technical assistance to the government in 2018 to value the individual contribution of each person to the system to make it sustainable for the next 10 years. To do so, a survey on the common pathologies, their cost and the contribution that each household should pay have been calculated. Based on this study, an average monthly cost per person has been estimated and proposed to the Government.

Since April 2019, the Government has launched the full-scale universal health care protection for the whole country and since October 1st 2019, universal health care is mandatory in Côte d’Ivoire. The country is one of the few countries in Africa with such complete health care coverage. The first assessment after the kick-off in comparison to the result of the actuarial study has been presented to the government and key stakeholders on October 25th 2019 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire during a national workshop. During its initial stage, the average monthly cost per person has been fixed to US$2.

Universal healthcare provides healthcare protection to all the people of a country. It provides a specified package of benefits and aims to improve access to health services. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), universal health coverage is the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer since it unifies services and delivers them in a comprehensive and integrated way. Hence, all of the developing countries committed to implement universal health care by 2030 as a part of the SDG’s implementation.

For such a system to work, the Government needs to ensure that the health providers are able to deliver quality health care to the population when they will reach the hospital. However, this is a huge step in the right direction done by the country, and it needs to be commended for it.

Côte d’Ivoire health care at a glance

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