People’s voice and social participation: Key roles and contributions to UHC
23 May 2018 12:30 - 14:00
Event Type

Official side event at the 71st World Health Assembly
Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 12:30 – 14:00 | Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva


Given the social contract that underpins universal health coverage (UHC), accelerating and sustaining progress towards UHC requires both technical and political commitment. This session will demonstrate how participatory governance mechanisms, with a particular focus on national health assemblies, marry the technical and the political to offer concrete policy options for sustaining UHC. It will showcase country experiences, such as Iran’s and Thailand’s National Health Assembly, Tunisia’s Dialogue Sociétal, and France’s Etats Généraux de la Santé, with a particular focus on the unique role of people, civil society and community representatives in mobilising political commitment and sustainable movement for materialization of UHC.

The objectives of the session are to:

  • Make the case for effective multi-stakeholder participation in national planning processes, with particular focus on citizen’s voice
  • Showcase countries’ experiences in institutionalizing social participation
  • Reflect on factors of success for the different models presented
  • Demonstrate the contribution of civil society in mobilizing and sustaining political commitment to UHC
  • Highlight challenges to effective participatory governance


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