R4D is working with policymakers, implementers, researchers, and development partners to identify better ways for low- and middle-income countries to improve access to effective health care and reduce poverty from catastrophic health care expenditures by moving towards universal health coverage (UHC). R4D’s UHC program consists of four separate, but related, areas of work:
- Increased global knowledge and discussion of UHC through UHC Forward – a comprehensive platform that aggregates information and serves as a go-to repository for worldwide news and ideas about UHC – to accelerate the successful implementation of reforms globally.
- Facilitation of collaborative knowledge exchange and the co-production of new knowledge among countries implementing UHC reforms through the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), which brings together implementers and policymakers from low- and middle-income countries to jointly problem-solve and collectively develop innovative approaches to accelerate progress towards UHC.
- Supporting countries to design policies and programs for UHC by providing policy analysis and advice to help countries develop options for raising revenue, pooling resources, purchasing effective services, and organizing their reforms, such as serving as a key technical advisor to the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) – the secretariat of India’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Universal Health Coverage, assisting the Government of South Africa with choosing the best options for organizing and paying for a new national health insurance program, and partnering with USAID’s Health Financing and Governance Project that aims to increase the use of priority health services by helping countries strengthen their health financing and governance systems.
- Analysis to strengthen the evidence base for UHC through high-impact analysis such as the Transitions in Health research initiative designed to foster greater understanding of the factors influencing health spending in low and middle income countries and the Lancet UHC series that documents multiple facets of what is happening with UHC globally.