Health, Nutrition, and Population

Disease prevention/treatment and saving lives are two of the six areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation. At the World Bank, these areas are covered under the Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP) Global Practice. This page provides links to selected open access World Bank publications on HNP. The hope is that these resources will be useful to Rotarians and others working on health-related projects. The focus is for the most part on books published since 2010 as opposed to working papers, journal articles, and briefs. The publications were selected as a resource for participants at the 2016 Rotary Presidential Conference on Disease Prevention and Treatment in Cannes, France. A paper including abstracts and pictures for the selected publications is available on the Blog Series page of this blog.

The World Bank publications listed below cover nine main areas as follows: Access to Care and Universal health Coverage; Healthcare Delivery and Health Systems; Health Sector Workforce; Demography, Population, and Ageing; Private Sector Health Provision; Disease Control; Health Indicators; Nutrition; AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Many of the publications include at least some economic analysis of health, nutrition, and population issues since this is one of the areas where the World Bank tends to have a comparative advantage.

Please note that this compilation of recent publications is provided as a service to Rotarians and others working on these areas without any endorsement of the World Bank as to which publications should be featured. 

Access to Care and Universal Health Coverage

Going Universal: How 24 Developing Countries are Implementing Universal Health Coverage from the Bottom Up

Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies

Toward Universal Health Coverage and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evidence from Selected Countries

The Path to Universal Health Coverage in Bangladesh: Bridging the Gap of Human Resources for Health

Universal Maternal Health Coverage? Assessing the Readiness of Public Health Facilities to Provide Maternal Health Care in Indonesia

Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan

Moving toward Universal Coverage of Social Health Insurance in Vietnam: Assessment and Options

Government-Sponsored Health Insurance in India: Are You Covered?

Scaling Up Affordable Health Insurance: Staying the Course

Healthcare Delivery and Health Systems

Getting Better: Improving Health System Outcomes in Europe and Central Asia

Pharmaceutical Reform: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity

Building on Early Gains in Afghanistan’s Health, Nutrition, and Population Sector: Challenges and Options

The Health Sector in Ghana: A Comprehensive Assessment

Twenty Years of Health System Reform in Brazil: An Assessment of the Sistema Único de Saúde

Improving Primary Health Care Delivery in Nigeria : Evidence from Four States

Accelerating Health Reforms through Collective Action: Experiences from East Africa

Health Sector Workforce

The Economics of Health Professional Education and Careers: Insights from a Literature Review

The Health Workforce in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Analysis of Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay

Analyzing Markets for Health Workers: Insights from Labor and Health Economics

The Labor Market for Health Workers in Africa: New Look at the Crisis

New Insights into the Provision of Health Services in Indonesia: A Health Workforce Study

Towards Interventions in Human Resources for Health in Ghana: Evidence for Health Workforce Planning and Results

Demography, Population, and Ageing

Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016: Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change

Africa’s Demographic Transition: Dividend or Disaster?

Capitalizing on the Demographic Transition: Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases in South Asia

Golden Aging: Prospects for Healthy, Active, and Prosperous Aging in Europe and Central Asia

Live Long and Prosper : Aging in East Asia and Pacific

As Time Goes By in Argentina: Economic Opportunities and Challenges of the Demographic Transition

Private Sector Health Provision

Health Care in Sri Lanka: What Can the Private Health Sector Offer?

Private Health Sector Assessment in Tanzania

Healthy Partnerships : How Governments Can Engage the Private Sector to Improve Health in Africa

Strengthening the Evidence for Faith-inspired Health Engagement in Africa – Volume 1: The Role of Faith-inspired Health Care Providers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Public-Private Partnerships

Strengthening the Evidence for Faith-inspired Health Engagement in Africa – Volume 2: The Comparative Nature of Faith-Inspired Health Care Provision in Sub-Saharan Africa

Strengthening the Evidence for Faith-inspired Health Engagement in Africa – Volume 3: Mapping, Cost, and Reach to the Poor of Faith-inspired Health Care Providers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Disease Control

The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic : Short- and Medium-Term Estimates for West Africa

Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition: Volume 1. Essential Surgery

Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition: Volume 3. Cancer

Climate Change and Health Impacts: How Vulnerable is Bangladesh and What Needs to be Done?

Health Indicators

Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013

World Development Indicators 2015


Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition in Bangladesh: Can Building Toilets Affect Children’s Growth?

Bangladesh National Nutrition Services: Assessment of Implementation Status

Scaling Up Nutrition: What Will it Cost?

Global Monitoring Report 2012 : Food Prices, Nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals

Malnutrition in Afghanistan : Scale, Scope, Causes, and Potential Response

AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the World Bank’s Engagement with the Global Fund

Thirty Years of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Argentina: An Assessment of the National Health Response

The Fiscal Dimension of HIV/AIDS in Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda

Characterizing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa : Time for Strategic Action

The Global HIV Epidemics among Sex Workers

The Global HIV Epidemics among Men Who Have Sex with Men

Funding Mechanisms for Civil Society: The Experience of the AIDS Response