UHC service coverage index

Definition: Coverage index for essential health services (based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases and service capacity and access). It is presented on a scale of 0 to 100.

Description: The map below shows how UHC service coverage index varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Canada, with a value of 89.00. The country with the lowest value in the world is Somalia, with a value of 27.00.

Source: World Health Organization, Global Health Observatory Data Repository (https://www.who.int/data/gho).

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Development Relevance: Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is about ensuring that all people can access the health services they need – without facing financial hardship – is key to improving the well-being of a country’s population. UHC is also an investment in human capital and a foundational driver of inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development. UHC is a target associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (target 3.8), and it relates directly to Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and to Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Under SDG 3.8.1, four categories were defined RMNCH, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and service capacity and access. Each category contains several tracers. The index is constructed from geometric means of the tracer indicators; first, within each of the four categories, and then across the four category-specific means to obtain the final summary index. See Source for details about methodology.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual