CSOs are playing a critical role in building their constituency for a strong equity-focused and people-led movement for UHC.
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.
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)
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
You can read more about the process of developing the CSEM here:
UHC2030 and the civil society engagement mechanism also available in French and Spanish.
"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."