Universal Health Coverage Partnership

Welcome to the Universal Health Coverage Partnership web site

The World Health Organization entered into a collaborative agreement with the European Union and Luxembourg in 2011 to support policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans and Universal Health Coverage in 28 selected countries. The Partnership aims at building country capacities for the development, negotiation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of robust and comprehensive national health policies, strategies and plans, with a view of promoting universal health coverage, people-centered primary care, and health in all policies.

The focus on national health planning and Universal Health Coverage has gained momentum on the global agenda during the last few years, leading to more intensified WHO country support for health planning, health financing and policy dialogue.

This website provides information on the major results achieved at country level during the period January 2016-December 2018, with quarterly updates on actions and events in relation to health planning and health policy in the 28 countries as well as key documents and news stories.

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Moving swiftly towards access to quality healthcare for all: Liberia’s Health Equity Fund

Liberians have, historically, struggled with severe shortcomings in access to quality healthcare, a challenge that was brought into focus …

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Universal health coverage in action at European Development Days

This article was originally published on the EURO website, and can be accessed here

During European Development Days (EDD) on 15–16 …

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Sustained impact and replicability: Luxembourg’s expectations for the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership

“Our recent commitment to continue supporting the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership under its third phase shows how …

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Learning by reviewing: The UHC-P’s support to Sierra Leone’s National Health Sector Strategic Plan review

At a briefing to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 13 January 2016, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan proudly …

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The EU-Lux-WHO UHC partnership: A ‘cutting-edge’ programme - A view from the European Union

This article was written in collaboration with Dr Matthias Reinicke, Health Sector Advisor at the Directorate General International …

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How should we measure access to health care?

This article by Jenny Lei Ravelo was originally published on Devex at the following link: 

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A dynamic dialogue in a challenging context: Learning how to make health reform participatory in Mali

"A dialogue between Stakeholders is a structured discussion on specific issues of common interest between individuals from different …

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Engineering Sierra Leone's Ebola journey from outbreak to recovery

Who would have thought just one year ago, when horror stories about the impact of the Ebola outbreak were hitting the international news …

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Lao becomes the 20th country to join the Universal Health Coverage Partnership with funding from Luxembourg

On 19 November 2015, Lao PDR became the 20th country to join the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Partnership at a launch ceremony in …

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Towards A New National Health Policy in Niger

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the Ministry of Public Health (MoH) in Niger has validated the country’s new national health policy (PNS) …

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The Institutional Audit of MSP in Niger: Basic Recipe for the Modernization of the Health System

In a regional context of a barely mastered Ebola epidemic the task of modernizing health systems in Africa is - undoubtedly - seen as a …

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Guinea’s continuous efforts towards health system recovery and resilience

"... In this process, we benefited from a continuous support from WHO through the UHC Partnership with the EU on policy dialogue. When we …

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A historic step towards Health for All: Burkina Faso's new universal health insurance law

Ensuring health access for all is not only the heart of the partnership EU-LUX-WHO partnership on universal health coverage (UHC …

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Community participation for community health in the making

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline fast approaching, negotiations are in full swing towards September’s finalization …

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How to achieve value for money through proximity coaching – a UHC partnership success story in Togo

In the midst of this year’s intensified global discussions and debate about the new sustainable development goals and financing for …

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EU-Lux-WHO UHC partnership meeting | 11th – 13th March, Brazzaville, Congo: Paving new roads on the way to Universal Health Coverage

Since its inception in 2011, the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership has been supporting selected countries to …

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An active policy dialogue forum towards universal coverage and health for all

When it comes to health, no one should be left behind: each and every person matters. This is the premise behind Viet Nam’s commitment to …

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Innovative ways of strengthening DRC's health system

The reform process of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) health sector reached an important milestone on Friday, December 12, 2014 with …

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WHO helps countries develop solid national plans for eradicating Ebola

Declared as the year for international development, 2015 certainly started with 3 weeks of powerful health action. From Jan. 9-23, the …

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EU-LUX-WHO UHC partnership in action: Embarking on 3 missions for health systems resilience in Ebola-affected countries

21,206 confirmed cases, 8,386 resulting deaths and counting. These were the startling figures on the Ebola virus published by the World …

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Momentum for Universal Health Coverage in Sudan

As part of the EU-LUX-WHO Partnership, national and international speakers attended a conference on UHC in Sudan in January 2014. …

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Joining forces: 4 prescriptions for healthy partnerships

The below Devex article by Sibylle Koenig explores public-private partnerships and stabilizing public health systems as discussed at the

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A View from the European Union

This article was written in collaboration with Dr. Matthias Reinecke, the health sector advisor of the Directorate General Development and …

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Where there’s a will, there are many ways: Healthy systems and disease-tailored interventions

The theme for this year’s 45th Union World Conference for Lung Health, recently concluded in Barcelona, was "Community-driven solutions …

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Providing Health Services in Yemen Despite Insecurity

Yemen has faced a deteriorating security situation following its political uprising in 2011. The Southwest Asian nation is currently …

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Health financing takes shape in Mozambique

A workshop on health financing was held in April 2014 in Mozambique, with technical inputs from the WHO, the World Bank and USAID. …

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Transforming health care in Tunisia with community-driven programmes

Dr Chedly Maksoudi volunteered to participate in the Citizens’ Jury for health because he was concerned that health services were …

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Partnership-run session on health policy dialogue at 3rd Global Symposium for Health Systems Research ends with praise for WHO

The EU-Luxemburg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership (UHC partnership) ran a well-attended session entitled ‘Policy dialogue: …

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Unions Lead Health Forum in Niger

From January 28 to 29, a forum was jointly organized by two major healthcare sector labor unions in Niger , the Unique Labor Union of …

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Technical Meeting in Hammamet Brings Together Participants from 20 Countries

The 3rd Annual Technical Meeting of the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership took place from September 16 to 18 in …

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Support for preparing a health financing strategy in Burkina Faso

WHO leadership in Burkina Faso steadily brought convergence towards joint government support for the elaboration of a universal health …

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Liberia’s Achievements in Health Care Financing Reform

The UHC Partnership in Liberia has facilitated great progress in decentralized and harmonized county-level planning, and health care …

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Cape Verde Makes Strides in Health Financing with National Compact

Two major domains of activity this year with the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) partnership in Cape Verde are health financing, and health …

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A New Public Health Law in DRC

The revision of the current public health law in DRC may have a large impact on the health situation of the country by introducing the …

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Mali Moves Forward with Universal Health Coverage

In spite of the difficult socio-political and economic situation that faces Mali, the Government continues to pursue its efforts towards …

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Resolving the Lack of Health Personnel in Guinea

According to the six pillars established by the WHO, the presence of health staff is one of the most important priorities to ensure the …

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Strengthening Health Policy Dialogue in Senegal

In September 2012, Senegal became one of the first countries to join the EU-WHO-LUX Universal Health Coverage Partnership and laid out an …

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An Opportunity for Chad

In 2014, Chad, a landlocked country with major health challenges for 12 million inhabitants, benefits from an unparalleled opportunity to …

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A More Inclusive Health Reform Process in Timor-Leste

In 2013, a three year Programme started in Timor-Leste under the EU-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership. The aim of this Programme is …

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Citizens’ Jury concludes in Tunisia with key recommendations for a 15-year health sector policy and plan

The setting was the soft sand, clear blue skies, and sunshine of the Kerkennah Islands off the southern coast of Tunisia – but instead of …

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Lack of Health Practitioners in Sierra Leone Causes Roadblock

In November 2009, Sierra Leone President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma launched a historic National Health Sector Strategic Plan (NHSSP), a five …

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2014 Groundbreaking Year for Health Policy Dialogue

  Along with many other countries, Republic of Moldova now faces a double burden of disease.  Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and …

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Health Reform by and for Tunisian Citizens

"The people have a right and duty to participate individually and collectively in the planning and implementation of their health care." …

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Meetings & Events
EU-LUX-WHO UHC Partnership Contributions Showcased at the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver

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The Global Symposium on Health Systems Research takes place every two years, bringing together the full range of …

Universal Health Coverage at the center of the Sustainable Development Agenda

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Join international experts on 15 and 16 June 2016 to discuss Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a fundamental …

Reports

EU-LUX-WHO – Fourth Annual Meeting – Barcelona Report 2016

Meeting report of the fourth annual meeting of the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Partnership

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2015 Briefing Note

Briefing Note | Policy Dialogue: What It Is and How It Can Contribute to Evidence-Informed Decision-Making

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Briefing Note – February 2015

Briefing Note (French)

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UHC-P Report 2015 – Umbrella chapter

2015 Annual Report - Umbrella Chapter

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