Meetings & Events

Universal Health Coverage Forum

UHC Forum 2017 will be held on 12-15 December 2017 in Tokyo Prince Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, co-organized by the Government of Japan, JICA, the World Bank Group, WHO, UNICEF and the International Health Partnership for UHC2030 (UHC2030). The key objective of the forum is to stimulate global and country-level progress towards UHC, including pandemic preparedness, through the joint review of UHC progress and sharing of country experiences. The output of the forum would include a joint statement on key progress, challenges, lessons from country experiences, and next actions. The UHC Partnership, the country level resource of UHC2030, will also be present by showcasing country experiences across its current 28 members.

More information is available here:

UHC Forum 2017

Book launch & evening cocktail during WHA: Strategizing national health in the 21st century: a handbook

On the occasion of the 70th World Health Assembly, the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing will be launching its flagship publication entitled Strategizing national health in the 21st century:  a handbook.

This book is designed as a resource for providing up-to-date and practical guidance on national health planning and strategizing for health. It establishes a set of best practices to support strategic plans for health and represents the wealth of experience accumulated by the World Health Organization on national health policies, strategies and plans (NHPSPs).

More information on the handbook can be found on the UHC-P webpage and on the WHO webpage on health systems.

The invitation-only launch event will take place from 18:00 to 19:30 on Thursday 25 May 2017 at the Restaurant Vieux Bois just outside the Palais des Nations.

Launch Event WHA Invitation

Strategic Purchasing for UHC: unlocking the potential

WHO’s Department of Health System Governance and Financing organises a global meeting on:


“Strategic Purchasing for UHC: unlocking the potential”
25-27 April 2017
at WHO Geneva, Switzerland



Participants from national health authorities and purchasing agencies, partner agencies, foundations, as well as researchers have been invited and will discuss five key themes: benefit package design, mixed provider payment system, governance for strategic purchasing, information management systems, and payment for performance.

The objective of the meeting is to further develop a global collaborative agenda on future work related to strategic purchasing in support of country efforts to progress towards universal health coverage.

If you are interested, you can virtually join:  There will be a live web stream for some sessions on the times indicated below.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Session 1: Process for evidence informed benefit package design: 11.00 – 12.30 (GVA time),

Session 2: Mixed provider payment systems: Alignment for coherent incentives: 13.45 – 15.00 (GVA time),

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Session 3: Governance for Strategic Purchasing: 08.45 – 10.00 (GVA time),

Session 4: Coherent information systems for strategic purchasing: 13.30-15.30 (GVA time),

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Session 6: P4P and Results Based Financing as part of mixed provider payment systems: from scheme to systems: 08:45 – 11.00 (GVA time),

It is suggested to connect a few minutes earlier, as it takes a bit of time to get into it.

You may also follow on twitter on #StrategicPurchasing4UHC

More materials will be made available on our website after the meeting.


5th Annual Technical Meeting of the EU-Luxembourg-WHO UHC Partnership in Brussels


This year marks the 5th Year Anniversary of the EU-Luxembourg-WHO UHC Partnership, an unique programme with a global ambition promoting policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans with 28 target countries, with the goal of supporting the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

On this occasion, from 21-23 March, Ministers of Health representatives, development organizations, decision-makers, European institutions representatives, Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WHO officials from the three levels of the Organization, academia and donors are meeting to celebrate achievements, collectively share experiences on challenges and ruminate on innovative solutions at country level with the aim of jointly moving the UHC agenda forward.

The three-day meeting will address critical health systems issues in the context of UHC and the SDGs: the close connection between resilient health systems and security in particular in fragile states; the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs at country level and how this can positively impact different health areas i.e investment in health workforce; the importance of genuine and strong partnerships at global and at country level to improve aid-effectiveness; and the relevance of a Health-in-All-policies approach involving all sectors to respond to shifting health needs.

Training on realist research thinking: 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2017, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

WHO has partnered with University of Montreal and McGill University in order to conduct realist research work, with the aim to better comprehend how the UHC Partnership contributed to some of the small and large results that have been documented in countries participating in the UHC partnership.

Approximately 25 participants will meet in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for a three day training workshop. A pilot study of the methodology specifically for studying policy dialogue processes was already undertaken in early 2016 in Togo; this allowed the research team to fine-tune the research protocol which will be used in 6 locations in a multi-country study (Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, DRC, Cabo Verde, Liberia). The objective of the meeting is to train national researchers (one from each research country), WHO country offices and other stakeholders from the African Regional Office in the realist research methodology, with the aim of having those researchers conduct the research and act as a lead locally during the research work in 2017.