September 23

Report: Dozens of Nations Might Struggle to Fund Health After COVID-19

By Shabtai Gold

Many lower-income and other nations will be unable to maintain pre-pandemic levels of financing for their health systems, as the COVID-19 crisis forces cutbacks on government spending overall, the World Bank warned in a report update released Tuesday.

The document, which updates the report “From Double Shock to Double Recovery,” notes that while not all of the 52 countries set to see overall declines in per capita government spending through 2026 are low-income, many of them are, including countries across Africa. Crucially, some will be unable to buy enough COVID-19 vaccines for their populations.

Photo courtesy of Mufid Majnun.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, Health Care