“Taking stock of Bangladesh Health Sector and looking beyond 2015: the gaps and challenges towards achieving Universal Health Coverage”

Despite remarkable progress in the health sector in recent times, the country’s health sector is continuing to face challenges in ensuring optimum service coverage. Cost, quality, equity and responsiveness of health services are some of the issues which need to be addressed at length, if Bangladesh is to move towards universal health coverage beyond 2015. CoE-UHC, with funding from The World Bank, undertook a series of policy dialogues to take stock of the current situation: successes, gaps, challenges for access, scale and quality of services; key priorities for the health sector, post-MDG; the role of universal health coverage in the journey. Three district level policy dialogues were held in Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal in August 2014, followed by a national level dialogue in Dhaka in November 2014. An integrated report on the key findings of the dialogue was submitted to the World Bank and will be used to inform and educate policy makers in the government on the current challenges of strengthening health systems to achieve UHC and ways to move forward beyond 2015. This would contribute to the on-going process of designing the next health sector programme in the country.

Partners/Donor: World Bank