A ‘Regional Workshop: HIV/AIDS Health Care Services in Universal Health Coverage,’ hosted by UNDP Thailand and the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), took place in Bangkok from 26-29 November, 2012. Nearly 50 participants from 4 ASEAN countries of Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines participated in the regional gathering, including senior policy makers, CSO representatives and scholars.
“This is a great example of South-South Cooperation among ASEAN countries—and a regional partnership that will continue for years to come,” said Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand.
The workshop was designed to equip the participants with innovative and pro-poor approaches and systems that underlie Thailand’s Universal Health Coverage scheme (UHC), which is regarded as one of the best models in the world.
Getting to universal coverage – Learning from experience: A conversation with Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert
Lessons from Thailand’s journey towards universal health coverage
Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Senior Adviser on Disease Control Ministry of Public Health, Board member of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Mahidol University Council, and the National Science and Technology Board, sat down with Gina Lagomarsino, Managing Director at Results for Development Institute, prior to the 2012 Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage Quality Track convenes in Bangkok, Thailand
Quality is often a forgotten component in universal health coverage (UHC) reforms. How can payers enhance the quality of health care as they move toward UHC? This is the key question under discussion in the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) Quality Track meeting held on January 23-24, 2012, entitled “Leveraging Universal Health Initiatives to Achieve High-quality Care.”
Led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and NICE International, meeting brought together nearly 80 colleagues and partners from the JLN countries as part of the JLN program at the 2012 Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Yesterday we learned about a range of mechanisms countries are using to purchase quality health care. For example:
In recent years, global health experts have argued that universal health coverage (UHC) reforms in low and middle-income countries have the potential to accelerate sustainable progress in other health initiatives such as HIV/AIDs, child and maternal health, and non-communicable diseases. By reducing out of pocket expenditures, UHC reforms can improve access to lifesaving preventative primary care services.
In the wake of a global recession, which has seen a reduction in donor funding for interventions in areas such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS, a renewed focus on expanding health coverage through more equitable and sustainable health financing reforms is beginning to take hold.
As a part of this growing movement, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the 2010 World Health Report, “Health Systems Financing: The Path to Universal Coverage.” In her introduction, [Dr.