Through a broad consultative process, CSOs have set up the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) of UHC2030 to represent their constituency. Membership in the CSEM is open to all civil society representatives advancing health, financing and governance agendas that relate to achieving UHC. Identifying as a UHC advocate is not a requirement for joining.

The CSEM wants to strengthen a broad and inclusive UHC movement, which can influence policy design and implementation and facilitate citizen-led accountability. The aim is to build strong CSO voices and contribute significantly to UHC2030, ensuring systematic attention is paid to the needs of the most marginalised and vulnerable populations so that ‘no one is left behind’.

This is being done through:

  • Influencing policy design and implementation
  • Lobbying for participatory and inclusive policy development and implementation processes
  • Strengthening citizen-led social accountability mechanisms
  • Promoting coordination between CSO platforms and networks working on health-related issues at the national, regional and global levels
  • Enabling civil society to have a voice in the UHC2030 movement.

Civil society organisations are also invited to become UHC2030 partners and sign the global compact.

CSEM Advisory Group (AG) Members

Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI Research and Training Institute

Tomoko Fukuda, Chief, Advocacy Group JOICFP  

Ariana Childs Graham, Director, Primary Health Care Initiative, PAI

Lucien Kouakou, Director, Africa Region International Planned Parenthood Federation - Africa Regional Office

Sandra Lhote-Fernandes, Health Advocacy Officer, Oxfam France

Marwin Meier, Manager - Health & Advocacy, World Vision Germany

Rachel Ndirangu, Community Health Advisor and Health Programme Manager, Africa Christian Aid UK

Carolyn Reynolds, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy PATH

Itai Rusike, Executive Director, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH)

Valerie Sorgho, Regional Advocacy Technical Advisor, Save the Children Burkina Faso

Johannes Trimmel, Programme Director, Disability Inclusive Development Sightsavers

Benoit Van Maele, Health and Nutrition Advocacy Advisor, Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger)

CSEM AG representatives on the UHC2030 Steering Committee

Simon Wright, Director of International Development (Interim), Save the Children – UK

Justin Koonin, President, ACON  – Australia 

Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director, WACI Health – Kenya 

Khuất Thị Hải Oanh, MD, MSc, Executive Director, Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives 

Dr Santosh Kumar Giri, Secretary and Executive Director, Kolkata Rista – India 

Harriet Adong, Executive Director, Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD)

Maternity Leave

Laura Adams Global Programme Advisor Christian Aid UK
(cover being provided by Rachel Ndirangu)

CSEM Secretariat hosted by Management Sciences for Health

Eliana Monteforte, Coordinator, Management Sciences for Health

Refiloe Mabejane, Communications Officer, Management Sciences for Health

Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Technical Focal Point, Management Sciences for Health


More information

CSO statement on UHC Forum 2017

CSO social media toolkit for World Health Day on UHC

UHC2030 Advocacy Guide

You can read more about the process of developing the CSEM here: 

Assessment of civil society engagement mechanisms in global initiatives 

Survey report for CSO engagement mechanisms in UHC2030

Proposal for a civil society engagement mechanism 

UHC2030 and the civil society engagement mechanism also available in French and Spanish.

Review of the Health Policy Action Fund

"To make real, consistent and sustainable progress towards UHC, the global community needs to consider stronger investments in civil society and communities’ work on policy change, resource mobilisation and accountability." 

Rosemary Mburu, Waci Health

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