Primary healthcare first

Strengthening the foundation for universal health coverage. Primary health care is underfunded – investing more can save children's lives.

Investing in primary health care is an urgent priority for saving lives and a critical first step toward achieving universal health coverage by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals.

But, while strengthening primary health care has long been a core component of the health agenda, research into primary health care expenditure has been limited.

Primary Health Care First seeks to understand and address that gap. Bringing together existing data and recommendations with findings from national research, it focuses on:

  • the current state of spending on primary health care
  • how much should be spent
  • strategies to increase and improve investment in primary healthcare systems.

Country profiles in the report cover primary health care funding and expenditure in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

It closes with key findings and recommendations for governments, donors and civil society advocates.

Read the report | Read the executive summary

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