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5th Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low and Middle Income Countries, Tunis, Tunisia, 18-22 June

The World Health Organization is pleased to announce its fifth Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low and Middle Income Countries, to be held from 18 to 22 June 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia.

The course is structured in line with WHO’s approach to thinking and analysing health financing policy and its role in improving health system performance, in particular making progress towards universal health coverage.

The course is designed for policy makers, advisors and analysts in the health and social sectors, senior managers of service provider organizations and health insurance funds, and other relevant actors in government (e.g. Ministries of Finance, Parliamentarians), the private sector, civil society, and development partners. This is an advanced course and participants are expected to have extensive and relevant work experience and knowledge of health financing policy, and previous training in health systems and policy (e.g. participation in a Flagship Course). Completion of the WHO eLearning Course on Health Financing Policy for UHC ( is strongly encouraged as preparation for the Tunis course.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 1 March 2018 at midnight (Geneva, Switzerland time). The number of places on the course is limited and hence not all applicants can be guaranteed a place.

A Course Selection Committee will select participants based on a number of criteria including the relevance of the applicant’s current position and work functions, evidence of previous training on health policy and/or systems strengthening, and English language ability, and a number of additional criteria. Teams from the same country representing different policy perspectives (e.g. health and finance) are strongly encouraged.

To find out more about the course and access the application form, please go to the WHO Health Financing for Universal Coverage website.

WHA side event: Inclusive formulation of evidence-based policies and programmes for Universal Health Coverage

Hosted by the Governments of Uganda and Ethiopia
Thursday 24 May 2018, 12.30 – 2.00 pm

Palais des Nations Location, Room VII

The concept of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and included in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, is gaining momentum, as countries have begun defining their own paths towards achieving it by 2030. Translating this important, ambitious goal into practical and feasible policies is a challenge for countries around the world.

During this session, Uganda and Ethiopia will share their experiences on inclusive approaches for formulation of a national roadmaps and strategies for UHC in their countries. They will describe how they activate stakeholders in the process of priority setting, and illustrate the importance of building UHC policies and system changes within the national resource constraints. They will also discuss how they contextualise evidence to advance UHC through national knowledge generation and customisation of international best practices to national capabilities. By mainstreaming development of UHC roadmaps in Government policy development processes, sustainable results will be achieved.

All WHO AFRO Member States Ministers are invited to participate in the discussion about the critical success factors for UHC strategic development, roadmaps and programming.



12.30-12.40 (10m)
• Welcome from the Chairs
• Introductory remarks from Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO AFRO Director

12.40-13.00 (20 mins)
Keynote speeches:
1. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health of Uganda
2. Dr. Kedebe Worku, Minister of Health of Ethiopia
3. Mr. Peter Sørensen, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva

13 .00-13.30 (30 mins)
• Country Approaches to UHC: sharing experiences and drawing common lessons for policies, programs and implementation arrangements
Technical presentations:
4. Prof. Ssengooba, Makerere University, on behalf of Ugandan Ministry of Health
5. Delegate from Ethiopian Ministry

13.30-14.00 (30 mins)
• Critical success factors for Policy development and implementation of UHC
• Plenary discussion and Q&A moderated by WHO AFRO Director


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People’s voice and social participation: Key roles and contributions to UHC

Official side event at the 71st World Health Assembly
Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 12:30 – 14:00 | Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Given the social contract that underpins universal health coverage (UHC), accelerating and sustaining progress towards UHC requires both technical and political commitment. This session will demonstrate how participatory governance mechanisms, with a particular focus on national health assemblies, marry the technical and the political to offer concrete policy options for sustaining UHC. It will showcase country experiences, such as Iran’s and Thailand’s National Health Assembly, Tunisia’s Dialogue Sociétal, and France’s Etats Généraux de la Santé, with a particular focus on the unique role of people, civil society and community representatives in mobilising political commitment and sustainable movement for materialization of UHC.

The objectives of the session are to:

  • Make the case for effective multi-stakeholder participation in national planning processes, with particular focus on citizen’s voice
  • Showcase countries’ experiences in institutionalizing social participation
  • Reflect on factors of success for the different models presented
  • Demonstrate the contribution of civil society in mobilizing and sustaining political commitment to UHC
  • Highlight challenges to effective participatory governance

Download flyer: People’s voice and social participation

The live stream video of the people’s voice side event, could be found at the following link:


71st World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. More information can be found here.

First steering committee meeting of the UHC Partnership

A multi-partner steering committee of the UHC Partnership is in development, and it is foreseen that a first meeting of this steering committee will be held on the 9th of May in Geneva, Switzerland. Current UHC Partnership members (including the European Union, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, IrishAid and WHO regional offices and headquarters) are invited, along with new partners interested in joining. The provisional agenda includes a discussion on the choice of new target countries, linkages with country donor coordination groups, reporting methods, and visibility as well as committee membership and organisation.