The President of Senegal launched a UHC programme in 2013, involving four line ministries and supported by a health financing strategy. Targeting and professionalisation of the service are some of the challenges.
GDP per capita
10% of household
consumption or income
Source: World Health Organization: Tracking universal health coverage: 2019 Global Monitoring Report
OVERVIEW OF UHC DEVELOPMENTS
Senegal’s UHC strategy has three core pillars: the development of community-based health insurance; the promotion of health insurance for private sector employees; and free-of-charge public health initiatives for children under 5, caesareans, dialysis, and people aged 60 and over.
Impressive results have already been achieved since the UHC programme was launched in 2013. For example, over 670 community-based health insurance schemes have been established with nearly 3 million beneficiaries, and more than 11 million people have enjoyed free health services, predominantly children under the age of five. Moreover, the coverage rate for free services increased from 20% to 50% between 2012 and 2018.
These advances were achieved through the collaborative efforts of four line ministries responsible for social development and equity, health and social action, labour and social dialogue, and finance.