The World Bank Group, says that the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is an important part of reforms in the health sector that will help Nigeria increase access to quality healthcare services.
The Bank said that the fund would also ensure that Nigerians do not face financial impoverishment as a result of medical spending.
Dr Sarah Alkenbrack, the Senior Health Economist, Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group, said this at a four-day workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The workshop was organised for 18 states on the need to support health financing arrangement at the national level.
The theme of the workshop is “Strengthening Health Financing at the Frontlines’’.
Alkenbrack said that the reform would take the country closer to the goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which most countries were striving to achieve as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2030.
She said that an important part of the design was the trade-offs made between the population, services, and the share of the direct costs covered, as represented by the “UHC Cube’’.
“The BHCPF covers the entire population with a basic package of services that will prevent 80 per cent of the disease burden. A key point of this session is that public financing is key for making progress toward UHC,’’ she said.
The health economist noted that UHC was about ensuring effective coverage, quality and financial protection.
She said that the UHC journey requires making trade-offs between breadth, depth and height of coverage.
Alkenbrack said that public financing was key for making progress towards achieving UHC.
“There is no one- size-fits-all approach. Countries can learn from other countries about what works but context matters,” she said.
The 18 participating states are, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Cross River, Enugu, Gombe, Taraba, Imo, Kogi, Yobe, Zamfara, Lagos, Jigawa, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Sokoto states.
The workshop is being attended by stakeholders in the health sector.