National advisor of GPHRF, Md. Mizanur Rahman in collaboration with Researchers from The University of Tokyo, Public Health Foundation of India, Imperial College London, and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics published a key paper on universal health coverage (UHC) of South Asian countries in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The study assessed the progress toward UHC in five South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan) and assess inequalities in health services and financial risk protection indicators. Coverage of essential health services and financial risk protection against catastrophic health expenditure and impoverishment was found to be low across all 5 South Asian countries. Inequality in access to health care remains a serious issue for these South Asian countries. The study suggested that reduction of inequality in access to care as well as greater progress and expansion of risk-pooling mechanisms are essential in these countries to achieve universal health coverage.
The article can be found here.