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First Floor Main Meeting Room, Richard Doll Building, Level 1, Old Road Campus OX3 7LF

Dr Edwine BarasaAbstract: The inclusion of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a health-related sustainable development goal has cemented its position as a key global health priority. Globally, UHC has been included as one of the health-related sustainable development goals. In Kenya, UHC has received political priority and has been included as one of the presidents “Big 4 Agenda”, with the government making a commitment to achieve healthcare access for all by 2022. The installation of UHC as a global and country health policy goal, has highlighted the need to measure it, and to track progress over time. My research has focused on examining pathways to UHC in Kenya, and the broader Sub-Saharan African region. In this seminar, I will discuss the context of healthcare financing in Kenya, followed by explaining the development of a summary measure of UHC in Kenya. I will present findings on Kenya’s progress in expanding each of the two UHC dimensions, service coverage and financial risk protection, and a summary measure of UHC over a 10-year period. I will then discuss the policy implications of the work for Kenya, and the region.

Biography: Dr. Edwine Barasa is the director of the Nairobi Programme, part of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, and heads the Programme’s Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). Edwine’s research interests include health financing, economic evaluation of healthcare interventions, measuring health systems performance, and health system governance.