11 July 2019

WHO and EU reinforce cooperation and an update on the sixth annual technical meeting of the UHC-Partnership.

WHO and EU reinforce cooperation for Universal Health Coverage

On 18 June 2019 in Brussels during the European Development Days, WHO and the European Commission signed the fourth phase of the UHC Partnership. The ‘Health System Strengthening for UHC partnership programme worth EUR 123,750 million (US$ 135 million) will support activities between 2019-2022. About 3.5% of this budget goes directly to support UHC2030 activities.

Since 2007, the UHC Partnership deployed a wide range of experts in 77 countries who work to advance progress towards universal health coverage in all six WHO geographical regions. The number of countries covered has now increased to 115 and will continue to increase.

The UHC Partnership is supported and funded by WHO, the European Union, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Irish Aid, the Government of Japan, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

6th Annual Technical Meeting of the UHC Partnership

On 11-13 June, Ministries of Health representatives, development organizations, WHO officials from the three levels of the Organization, global health initiatives, donors and academia convened in Geneva to discuss key achievements and challenges on the path towards UHC and health-related SDGs. Around 130 representatives from over 25 countries shared experiences across countries, exchanged on challenges and lessons learnt and envisioned new ways to jointly move the UHC agenda forward at country level.

The UHC-Partnership spearheads recommendations of the Astana Conference which reinvigorated international consensus around primary health care (PHC) as being a cost-effective, cost-efficient and equitable engine to drive the achievement of UHC. The meeting therefore focused on the role of PHC as key driver for UHC, including strategies to better reach 'the unreached' population in remote or crisis areas through PHC mechanisms, effective coordination for UHC.

The report will published shortly on the UHC-P website.

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