“Equity in Universal Health Coverage – reaching the poorest” workshop kicks off in Marrakech
From September 24-27, 2012 approximately 90 participants with delegations from Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and representatives from Ethiopia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India will gather in Marrakesh, Morocco for a workshop on “Equity in Universal Health Coverage – reaching the poorest” to discuss challenges and solutions to address this challenge.
In co-operation with the Moroccan government and the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), the Financial Access to Health Services Community of Practice (FAHS CoP) will facilitate discussion, exchange and experience sharing among participants to support participating countries in drawing up action plans to improve their policies on access to health care for the poorest.
The workshop opened on Monday, September 24 with an introduction to the workshop objectives and a presentation to frame the issues around equity in universal health coverage (UHC). Results for Development Institute (R4D) Program Officer Abeba Tadesse provided an overview of the programs and policies of each country delegation based on ‘country briefs’ that were produced by the JLN Expanding Coverage Track. She highlighted common challenges and the innovative approaches of countries working towards achieving UHC.
Country delegations were then paired up and asked to provide an overview of their programs and policies, and discuss their challenges and successes, and work towards defining a plan of action for how to reach the poorest. This activity has been one of the most highly ranked activities of past JLN countries – and by the end of the session each pairing felt like it was not long enough! This activity was an introduction to group-work between country delegations, and they will spend most of Day 3 working in pairs and other groupings.
JLN Expanding Coverage Track lead and R4D Managing Director Marty Makinen facilitated a panel session that featured Ir Por (Cambodia), Tran Van Tien (Vietnam), Tanya Seshadri (India), and Anthony Gingong (Ghana). Read Marty's reflections from the first day of workshop here.
The day concluded with a welcome from the Moroccan Minister of Health. Stay tuned to UHC Forward for daily updates from the conference.