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. 

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 Declaration

On the Road to UHC: Leave No One Behind - A civil society organisation (CSO) perspective on how UHC can be reached by 2030

CSEM advisory group for UHC2030 members

  • Aurelie du Chatelet, Advocacy advisor- health and nutrition, Action against Hunger – France
  • Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Advisor, JSI Research and Training Institute, US
  • Tomoko Fukuda, Secretariat General, Japan CSO Network on Global Health / JOICFP - Japan
  • Itai Rusike, Executive Director, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) - Zimbabwe
  • Sandra Lhote-Fernandes, Health advocacy officer, Oxfam France – UK and France
  • Valerie Sorgho, advocacy and communication manager, Save the Children – Burkina Faso
  • Ariana Childs Grahams, Director, Primary Health Care Initiative, PAI - US
  • Carolyn Reynolds, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, PATH's – US
  • Lucien Kouakou, Director Regional Africa Office, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) – Kenya
  • Johannes Trimmel, Director, Policy and Advocacy, International Agency for the prevention of Blindness – Brussels
  • Laura Adams, Global Programme Advisor, Christian Aids - UK
  • Marwin Maier, Manager Health & Advocacy, World Vision – Germany

CSEM members who are CSO representatives and alternates on the UHC2030 steering committee: 

  • Simon Wright, Head of Health Policy Save the Children - UK - Northern CSO representative
  • Justin Koonin, President of ACON – Australia - Northern CSO alternate
  • Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director WACI Health - Kenya - Southern CSO representative
  • Khuat Thi Hai Oanh Executive Director, Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) - Vietnam- Southern CSO Alternate
  • Dr. Santosh Kumar Giri, Secretary and Executive Director Kolkata Rista India - Community-Based Organisation representative 
  • Harriet Adong, Executive Director, Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) - Uganda - Community-Based Organisation alternate


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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