Primary Health Care Costing Tool Development and Implementation

Primary Health Care Costing Tool Development and Implementation


With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MSH developed the PHC Costing, Analysis, and Planning (PHC-CAP) Tool to help countries strengthen their primary health care services. This tool gathers cost information that can help countries advocate for more resources and improve resource allocation and use, resulting in better accessibility and quality of care.

The PHC-CAP Tool is designed specifically for costing primary health care services, including community, health center, and primary hospital services. We worked closely with experts from country governments, international organizations, and universities to develop a tool that is as simple and practical to use as possible while still meeting the needs of users and policy makers, such as ministries of health and health partners. The tool is a public good that is available free of charge, allowing users to adapt it to local needs, and is accompanied by user guidelines and training materials.   

To learn more about the PHC-CAP Tool or request a copy, please follow the links below or contact MSH’s Health Economics & Financing team at
Colin Gilmartin, Senior Technical Advisor, Health Care Financing
Colin Gilmartin

Principal Technical Advisor, Health Economics and Financing

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Colin Gilmartin, MSH’s Principal Technical Advisor for Health Economics and Financing, supports the design and implementation of programs and initiatives to advance universal health coverage with a focus on policy research and analysis, economic evaluation and financial modeling, and program management. Gilmartin began his career working in rural Burkina Faso as a community health development worker with the US Peace Corps. 

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation