Universal Health Coverage

Session title Universal Health Coverage
(Stakeholders’ roles in achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) )
Coordinators Dr. David Musoke  dmusoke@musph.ac.ug

Dr. Aloysius Ssennyonjo ssennyonjo@musph.ac.ug

Hosts Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Supporting Policy Engagement for Evidence-based Decisions (SPEED) for Universal Health Coverage in Uganda Project

Session objectives
  1. To appreciate the key stakeholders (state and nonstate) to achieve UHC.
  2. To realize that UHC calls for interventions that prevent ill health such as health promotion and health prevention.
  3. To realize that new technologies should be cost effective, affordable and feasible to use to ensure UHC.
  4. To appreciate the importance of addressing both communicable and non-communicable diseases as we strive to achieve UHC.
Session abstract UHC has been fronted as a way of providing health service interventions at affordable cost, without impoverishing households, communities and countries, Currently, government financing is one of the most effective models to advance coverage for population health and wellbeing. In low-and middle- income countries (LMICs), health system strengthening and resilience have been traditionally focused on the medical model, with less investments in health promotion at community level which would save large amount of resources and contribute the most to the wellbeing of communities. As we focus on UHC, we need to factor in the social determinants of health, Primary Health Care (PHC), as well as consider effective coordination between state and nonstate agencies for UHC goals. Escalating costs arising from new technologies, quality enhancements, broadening health care entitlements, and expanding workforce readiness can inadvertently make UHC a distant reality for many LMICs. As we advocate for speedy UHC advancements, there is need to consider cost-effective, affordable technologies and innovations that are feasible to be scaled up. Community level actions to promote health and address the prevention, prompt diagnosis and care programs for diseases – both communicable and non-communicable, is vital. Programmes to improve health by addressing social and economic determinants need effective partnerships that go beyond the health system to embrace other agencies, sectors and development actors at all levels. How can healthy-lives and well-being of all people be central to all development policies, programmes and agendas?
Chairs Chair: Prof. Freddie Ssengooba, Prof and Director SPEED Project Makerere University, Uganda

Co-Chair: Prof Bart Criel Professor Health Systems at Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium

Session Format
(select one)
Panel Discussion Workshop Plenary/ Key 4
Speakers Name Contact Status
Speaker 1
(UHC Think-tank UK)
Dr. Diana Nambatya Nsubuga Community health workers at the frontline of UHC dnsubuga@livinggoods.org Africa Universal Health Coverage Co-Chair and Deputy Country Director, Community Health Partnerships
 Speaker 2 (Academia) Prof. Mabel Nangami, Kenya mnnangami@gmail.com
Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, Moi University, Kenya
His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzania Opening Remarks
Speaker 3
(Policy Government perspective)
Dr. Githani Githinn CEO AMREF
Speaker 4 Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam WHO office Kampala Uganda Word Health Representative in Uganda Office
Speaker 5 Dr. Amit N Thakkar African Health Business
Speaker 6 Bonifacia  Benefo Agvei SafeCare Program Manager, PharmAcess Ghana

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