The global movement toward universal health coverage (UHC) provides an umbrella under which the World Bank Group (WBG) works with governments and development partners to ensure all people receive quality, affordable care without suffering financial hardship. UHC aims to achieve better health and development outcomes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 3 includes a target to “achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services, and access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.”
During the period from 2000 to 2016, the World Bank invested US$35 billion in the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) sector. Over this period, the average annual lending doubled from US$1.3 billion to US$2.6 billion. The Bank currently manages an active HNP portfolio of $11.5 billion.
The Brazil São Paulo State Feeder Roads Project contributed resources to improve São Paulo’s paved feeder road network and the state’s management capacity in infrastructure investments. Primary achievements of the project included the following: