The role of Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) in the delivery of integrated services: Learning from Practice in East and Southern Africa
The EQUINET-EHB project is policy-focused research on ‘The Role of Essential Health Benefits (packages) in the delivery of integrated services: Learning from practice in East and Southern Africa’. Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), alongside Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC) of the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET), are coordinating a four-country study on Essential Health Benefits. The four countries include Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Swaziland. The research is funded by IDRC, Canada. Many East and Southern African countries have set up health benefit packages (termed the essential health package/ basic health care package/ core health services), as policy interventions used in the public sector to define and cost a platform of health services, to align disease specific programmes and take proven interventions to national scale. This research aims to understand the role, facilitators and barriers to nation-wide application of the EHB in the resourcing, organisation and accountability on integrated services in four ESA countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Swaziland).