The Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) will be held on January 24-28, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.
It is well recognized that functional health systems require equitable, efficient and sustainable health financing which ensures access and utilization of essential health services without financial barriers to protect people from financial catastrophe or impoverishment due to illnesses.
This Conference focuses on the contribution of health financing in advancing towards UHC; however other enabling environment would be addressed.
PMAC is an annual international conference hosted by the Royal Thai Government, the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, and other relevant International Organizations, Foundations and Civil Society Organizations. The Conference serves as an international forum for sharing evidences for health related policies and strengthens social commitments for health development. This conference is also linked to the annual Prince Mahidol Award for public health and medicines, one of the most prestigious international health awards.
In recent years, there has been concerted movements to improve health financing systems and move towards universal health coverage(UHC). The 2009 G8 summit in Tokyo committed to health systems strengthening by focusing on three interrelated components: health information systems, human resources for health and health care financing. There are also movements at global, regional and country levels to support technical collaboration such as the Global Task Force on UHC and the Joint Learning Network(JLN) supported by Rockefeller Foundation as well as South-South collaboration.