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Population Targeting & Equity

Over the past decade, many low- and middle-income countries have made expanding health coverage a national priority.

The push toward universal health coverage (UHC) has catalyzed this effort, yet progress to date has been uneven and often excludes poor, vulnerable, and informal sector individuals.

Population targeting, which refers to the directing of limited resources in social programs towards those who stand to benefit the most, is an important component of UHC schemes. Many JLN member countries have implemented or experimented with different mechanisms to identify and target the poor through the health sector. However, the design, implementation, and maintenance of these programs present significant challenges, especially reaching those in the informal sector.

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