Welcome to the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus project website.

Our Approach

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Health Financing

Strained government budgets and reductions in external funding mean that developing countries must find new and innovative ways to finance their health systems and cover healthcare costs. Particularly as countries move from low- to middle-income status and increase their tax revenues, they are being asked to shoulder greater financial responsibility for financing health services. This shared responsibility for funding health is reinforced by financing mechanisms such as the Global Financing Facility and PEPFAR, both of which emphasize the increasing role of domestic resource mobilization (DRM).

Governments in low- and middle-income countries need technical support to effectively engage in DRM, put in place sustainable financing mechanisms that will go beyond meeting the short-term needs of specific disease programs, and make progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) goals. This support will need to include

Private sector players, many of whom are not yet fully engaged in DRM or service provision in these countries, will also require support to effectively contribute to a sustainable health financing agenda; as will civil society, which increasingly advocates for adequate and sustained health funding, but requires platforms from which it can participate.


What We Do

Our efforts primarily focus on tying DRM to UHC-oriented reforms, emphasizing increases in healthcare access that respond to gender and socioeconomic status, scale and depth of services, and financial protection. Using critical and well-timed technical assistance, HP+


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What Will Success Look Like?

The value of HP+ assistance is reflected in country-level progress on health financing reform across areas such as resource mobilization, pooling, and purchasing. Our health financing-related interventions result in