May 20, 2022

New Full Text Report/Statistics: “Tracking Universal Health Coverage: First Global Monitoring Report”

From the World Health Organization and The World Bank:

A WHO and World Bank Group report [released on June 12, 2015] shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending.


The report, Tracking Universal Health Coverage, is the first of its kind to measure health service coverage and financial protection to assess countries’ progress towards universal health coverage.

The report looked at global access to essential health services—including family planning, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, child immunization, antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment, and access to clean water and sanitation—in 2013, and found that at least 400 million people lacked access to at least one of these services.


The report also found that, across 37 countries, 6% of the population was tipped or pushed further into extreme poverty ($1.25/day) because they had to pay for health services out of their own pockets. When the study factored in a poverty measure of $2/day, 17% of people in these countries were impoverished, or further impoverished, by health expenses.

Direct to Full Text Report (98 pages; PDF)

Direct to Supplemental Methods

See Also: Background Material (Charts) via WHO’s Global Health Observatory

See Also: World Health Statistics 2015 (165 pages; PDF)

See Also: World Health Statistics 2015, Indicators Compendium (284 pages; PDF)

See Also: Global World Health Data Repository

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