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Third meeting of the multi-donor coordination committee for UHC

Following the successful first and second meetings of the multi-donor coordination committee for UHC, respectively held on 9 May and 11 September 2018, WHO and partners organize the third meeting of the committee on 20 February 2019, 14:00-17:00 (CET) in Geneva, Switzerland. Administrated by the WHO Joint Working Team (JWT) for UHC, this meeting serves as a crucial opportunity to align and harmonize multiple funding streams, derived from the European Union (EU), Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Irish Aid, Japan and France to strengthen health systems in WHO Member States toward the attainment of UHC. The tentative agenda includes information sharing of the current WHO efforts and achievements towards UHC in selected countries, announcements on the new EU and Luxembourg financial supports in the period of 2019-2021, discussions around the preliminary results of the first round of the live monitoring sessions, and further inputs from the WHO regional offices.

Satellite Session at HSR: Governance arrangements for strategic purchasing

JOIN US: We look forward to seeing you at our WHO skills building session at the HSR Liverpool 2018:

Effective governance arrangements and capacity for strategic purchasing of health services


Monday 8 October, 8:00 AM – 11:45 PM, ROOM 3A Convention Centre

It’s early, but breakfast will be available from 7:45AM, and it will be an interactive and participatory session.


This session will present and discuss a new WHO analytical framework for the assessment of a country’s governance arrangements required for strategic purchasing of health services. The core components of governance for strategic purchasing will be discussed and methodological issues explored to reflect on how to undertake such an assessment. In-depth group work will allow for participants to apply this to their country context and to share country experience.

The second part of the session focuses on skills-building in group discussions on issues of research into governance, addressing governance gaps and exploring capacity strengthening options whilst considering the political economy and feasibility  of such policy options.



Inke Mathauer (WHO Geneva), facilitator: objectives and rationale

Loraine Hawkins (Senior Consultant WHO): presentation of the WHO analytical framework to assess governance for strategic purchasing

Mohamed Mokdad (Ministry of Health, Tunisia): country illustration of Tunisia

Ayako Honda (Sophia University, Tokyo): Discussant input with reflections on the framework and country examples

Group discussions on specific aspects of the framework and how to apply it


Isidore Sieleunou (Financial Access to Health Services Community of Practice, Cameroon): Reflections from global Governance and Strategic Purchasing Collectivity group

Skills building group work on addressing governance gaps, strengthening governance capacity and managing political economy and feasibility issues


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6th Annual Technical Meeting of the UHC Partnership

The sixth Annual Technical Meeting of the Universal Health Coverage Partnership (UHC Partnership) will be scheduled in spring 2019. The location and dates will be confirmed in due time.

Ministries of Health (MoH) representatives, development organizations, decision-makers, WHO officials from the three levels of the Organization, global health initiatives, donors and academia will convene to discuss key achievements and challenges on the path towards UHC and health-related SDGs. This occasion provides a unique opportunity for participants to share experiences across countries, exchange on challenges and lessons learnt as well as envision new ways and energies between MoHs, WHO and partners to jointly move the UHC2030 agenda forward.

Second meeting of the multi-donor coordination committee for UHC

The first meeting of the multi-donor coordination committee for UHC successfully took place on 9 May 2018. To take a step forward, WHO and partners will hold the second meeting on 11 September 2018, 14:00-16:00 (CET) in Geneva, Switzerland.

This meeting will allow the UHC Partnership, funded by the European Union (EU), Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and IrishAid, to harmonize with other funding mechanisms such as the EU’s ACP Health System Strengthening (HSS) grant and the Japanese funding for UHC.

The preliminary agenda includes discussions concerning

  • the progress of the next phase of the UHC Partnership and the ACP HSS grant requests to the EU,
  • the recent advances of the Japanese funding for UHC,
  • monitoring instruments to track progress in the supported countries,
  • a proposal for a joint reporting mechanism for activities and
  • views from the regional offices.

Satellite Session at HSR: Institutionalizing population engagement in health policy-making: is the National Health Assembly mechanism the panacea for advancing health systems for all in the SDG era?

Participation and citizen’s voice are core SDG principles reflected in ‘leave no one behind’. Sustainable Development Goal 16.7 concretizes it further with its aim ‘to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels’. Better understanding mechanisms for population participation in decision-making is critical for achieving health for all.

A satellite session will be held on 8 October, 12:00 pm – 02:00 pm @ ACC room 11A, during the fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Liverpool, UK. This session will examine Health Assembly experiences in France (Etats Généraux de la Santé), Iran, Thailand, and Tunisia (Dialogue Sociétal) to question whether it lives up to its promises. It will delve into the modalities, success factors, and challenges of not only setting up a National Health Assembly-like process, but sustaining it over time with meaningful input from all sections of society, including the hard-to-reach.

The target audience will principally be policy-makers, especially those who may be interested in introducing or taking to scale such institutionalized mechanisms. The reality is that few countries undertake wide-scale (lay) population consultations for health in a regular and routine way. We hope that this session might help spark a reflection process for those who perceive National Health Assemblies to potentially be too cumbersome and costly, with little return on investment. In addition, we also target researchers interested in health governance, as well as civil society stakeholders interested in more participatory and inclusive policy processes.

The National Health Assembly concept is innovative practice in health systems development because it transforms the traditional role of the Ministry of Health, and government health policy-makers in general, from managers of service delivery to brokers of diverse health stakeholder interests – in essence, to conveners of policy dialogue through platforms such as a Health Assembly. Gathering real-time, meaningful population input into policies which affect them affords governments a tremendous opportunity to better engineer the health systems of their countries to deliver for all, leaving no one behind.