Lessons from Ghana on Universal Health Coverage: Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt on the CGD Podcast

December 11, 2019

Ghana created its National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in 2003 to increase access to health services for people living in poverty. CGD's International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) has worked in Ghana since 2009 to build capacity for health priority setting. Due in part to iDSI network engagement, the Minister of Health recently launched a National Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Steering Committee and called for HTA institutionalization. 

Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Director of Technical Coordination at Ghana's Ministry of Health, joins me on the CGD podcast to explain how the NHIA is paving a road toward universal health coverage. We discuss how Ghana's health services have evolved, how they select which medicines to cover, and how to maintain political will for health reform.

Maya Malarski is a policy analyst for iDSI at the Center for Global Development.


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