2013 Annual Report: Lives Saved


A world where everyone has the opportunity for a healthy life—this is MSH’s vision, guiding our efforts to achieve lifesaving results by strengthening health systems. In the coming years, universal health coverage (UHC) will play a pivotal role in attaining this vision. UHC is the only approach that helps countries mobilize all viable funding for health, transforms health systems, responds to changing health needs, and protects households from health- related financial hardship. For this reason, in 2013, we vigorously supported UHC in the post–Millennium Development Goals framework.

UHC is more than merely aspirational or a privilege for wealthy countries. It has been proven achievable for countries at every income level. We are especially proud to have worked with Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia as they set out on the path toward UHC in the past year.

More than 280,000 lives saved—this is the evidence- based estimate of impact we share with you in this report. The stories here show that strengthening health systems toward UHC is not merely working , it’s multiplying health impact. In the fragile state of Democratic Republic of the Congo and the emerging economy of Uganda, children’s lives saved also means parents teaching other parents to better care for their families. In the relatively stable economy of Ethiopia, support for women with HIV also means fewer babies born with HIV and more husbands engaged in caring for the health of their families. By 2018, MSH aims to have saved one million lives.