Africa Sustainability Index
Compare and contrast key performance indicators from up to 18 African countries.
Key facts about Africa
As African countries determine how to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC) goals and progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the results of the Index indicate that UHC can be achieved by looking not only to fix existing financial barriers to access, but at broader issues such as equity of access and wider societal and economic factors.
The results of the Financing Vital Sign suggest that there is little difference between some countries’ healthcare financing models. However, this similar approach does not yield similar results across all Vital Signs. While there is a clear positive correlation between economic strength, political stability and the sustainability of a healthcare system, there are strong variations in Access and Quality Vital which suggests that, beyond financial reforms, targeted policies in these areas could go a long way in achieving UHC. However, particular attention should be paid to existing inequities within the national health systems, which may not always be reflected by official statistics.
The results also show that North and East African countries tend to perform better overall, while Sub-Saharan countries lag behind on many Vital Signs, in particular on Access and Wider Factors, suggesting there are plenty of opportunities for the 18 countries analysed in the Index to learn from one another and collaborate together.
Another area of focus for improvement is within the Innovation Vital Sign, which has the lowest mean score of the six Vital Signs. Innovation was defined by the expert panel as ‘advancement, access and application of novel technology.’ South Africa is the top performing African nation in this Vital Sign, followed at some distance by Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Still, many best practices exist at the country-level, such as creating a future-looking policy and legal environments and adopting new technologies.
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Future-proofing healthcare systems across Africa
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The launch of the Africa Sustainability Index
The index provides a unique overview of the current status of 18 health systems across the continent. The Index is made up of 76 different measures split across six categories called Vital Signs. The measures were identified by experts from health systems, international organisations, think tanks and academia from across Africa.
Launching the FutureProofing Healthcare Africa Sustainability Index
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