The UHC Partnership comprises a broad mix of health experts working hand in hand to promote UHC by fostering policy dialogue on strategic planning and health systems governance, developing health financing strategies and supporting their implementation, and enabling effective development cooperation in countries.
We combine sound technical expertise with political commitment, financial resources and long-standing work experience in health systems both in the international and national fields. Behind the scene: health policy advisors working closely together with national Ministries of Health, WHO country offices and partner delegations. Furthermore, these key stakeholders are supported by a large number of health experts from WHO regional offices and Headquarters as well as from the offices of the European Union, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and IrishAid.
Since its inception in 2011, the partnership has expanded steadily, reaching 66 member countries worldwide to date. Under the lead of the Ministry of Health, a roadmap comprising a set of activities to strengthen the national health system is defined in order to make significant progress towards UHC.
Our aim is to build country capacities and hence reinforce the leadership of the Ministry of Health to build resilient and effective health systems in a sustainable manner. We aim to bridge the gap between global commitments and country implementation on the ground; hence serving as a country-level resource for UHC2030, the global movement to build stronger health systems for UHC.
Convening and brokering
We engage in policy dialogue, to coordinate and align plans across various levels of the health system, as well as between immediate humanitarian aid and long-term development concerns.
We provide flexible funding for country-selected priority areas; flexibility also means that those priorities can change suddenly with a disease outbreak or a new government, or evolve over time with new insights learned at each step of implementation.
Having strong presence in countries
We deploy senior health systems’ advisors, currently about 20, in WHO country offices, in direct support of the Ministry of Health. Backed up with WHO’s expertise from regional offices and headquarters, these advisors support the national authorities upon request, both for ad-hoc requests and long terms projects, in a timely and tailored manner.
We provide support for capacity building so that the Ministry of Health is well equipped to face persistent and new challenges in the 21st century, by offering training at national and subnational levels.
Providing technical expertise on universal health coverage
We draw on the technical expertise of WHO’s three administrative levels on universal health coverage. We collaborate with leading networks and communities of practice, pushing together for the UHC2030 agenda.
Cross-fertilizing knowledge between countries, regions and at global level
We take advantage of the wealth of experience gained over the past years of programme implementation by shedding light on what works well and less well in putting in practice universal health coverage in countries. We convene forums for cross-country learning, publish on cross-cutting lessons learned for UHC, and produce normative guidance on health systems governance and financing.