Webinar: Regional Perspectives on Universal Health Coverage

Members event
11 August 2020 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

The UN’s political declaration in October 2019 reported that at least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services with 100 million people being forced into poverty due to out-of-pocket healthcare expenses each year. The COVID-19 outbreak has placed extraordinary pressure on healthcare systems all over the world, exposing the consequences of exclusion and the subsequent demand for equitable public health financing systems. Yet, while Universal Health Coverage (UHC) carries political benefits for leaders looking to demonstrate progressive reforms, many obstacles to its implementation and sustained commitment still remain.

This webinar explores some of the current health inequalities that exist both within and between countries and will discuss regional experiences of UHC transitions. What stages and obstacles must countries overcome if they are to achieve UHC by 2030? What are the incentives for leaders to bring about UHC beyond political popularity? And has the COVID-19 outbreak placed greater urgency on efforts to remove financial barriers to healthcare?

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Cheryl Cashin, Managing Director, Global Health Practice, Results for Development

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury, Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Columbia University; Adviser and Founding Dean, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

Vivianne Ihekweazu, Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch

Chair: Robert Yates, Director, Global Health Programme, Chatham House; Executive Director, Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House

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