UHC2030: More commitment to strengthen health systems worldwide
Enlarge image Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, Ambassador of the European Union, Peter Sørensen, Ambassador Dr Ulrich Seidenberger and the new members of UHC2030 (© Oliver O'Hanlon)
On 15 and 16 June, the UHC2030 Steering Committee met in Geneva. UHC2030 is a multi-stakeholder platform to promote cooperation between countries and organizations, with the objective of strengthening health systems and reaching Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.
Strengthening health systems is also a central issue within the health focus of the German G20 presidency. During the
in May 2017, the strategy paper
was officially presented and handed over to UHC2030 within a panel discussion "Partnership matters: Achieving stronger health systems in practice", which was organized by Germany and eleven co-sponsors. This successfully completed a process initiated by Federal Chancellor Merkel and WHO's Director-General Chan in September 2015 to develop a common vision for strengthening health systems.
Enlarge image 15.-16.06.2017: Great interest in health systems (© StV)
The issue was received with great interest. Over 100 WHA delegates, including the Ministers of Health of Chile, Indonesia, Thailand, Zambia and Ghana, participated in the high-level event supported by the European Union (EU) and organized jointly with UHC2030, P4H, Global Fund, World Bank Group and the World Health Organization.
Co-sponsors of the event were Germany, China, Estonia, France, Ghana, Japan, Myanmar, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This list of co-sponsors underlined the importance of member states and organizations in strengthening health systems, emphasized Ambassador Dr Ulrich Seidenberger at the opening of the meeting. The event also witnessed a number of new members joining the UHC2030 partnership (among others Indonesia, Chile, South Africa, Thailand, OECD, the Rockefeller and the UN Foundation).