Health systems can fully meet the health needs of the population only when there is sufficient, reliable and effectively channeled financing. However, in many low-and lower-middle income countries, health budgets are insufficient, for instance to recruit and retain the necessary number of health workers. Health expenditure relies heavily on out-of-pocket spending, pushing too many people into poverty. Within the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership, Wemos advocates for universal health coverage.

All countries have agreed to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the internationally adopted agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Evidence shows that public resources and a country-specific financing strategy are key to achieving universal health coverage. It is a public responsibility to ensure access to essential health services for the whole population when needed, regardless of geographic location or financial situation, prioritizing those who have least access to these services.

Wemos calls for strengthening the pool of public resources for health

Expanding the domestic fiscal space for health is crucial for sustainable results in strengthening low-income countries’ health systems – including the health workforce. Yet, this should not be left to individual countries alone. Wemos believes that the international community can and should contribute to the strengthening of countries’ health budgets. By increased and better aligned development assistance for health on the one hand, and by reducing practices and conditions that needlessly limit fiscal space for health on the other.

Finance for a sustainable health workforce

Our main messages regarding finance for health are:

  • More Development Assistance for Health (DAH) from high-income countries
  • DAH should be better coordinated and/or pooled
  • Removal of needless restrictions and conditionality in fiscal space for health.