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Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Regional Meeting is to share international experience in moving toward Universal Health Coverage with policy and decision-makers in EMR, to help them devise a clear vision for reforming the health system in their countries to move towards Universal Health Coverage.

The specific objectives are:

  1. Share evidence and exchange experience of countries from within and outside EMR about what has worked and what has not worked to address the challenges related to the collection, pooling and purchasing functions of health financing to move towards UHC.
  2. Document and discuss countries’ experiences in addressing challenges related to other health system components, in particular: health workforce, service provision and health technologies, to expedite their move towards Universal Health Coverage.
  3. Assist EMR member states, at their various levels of socioeconomic development, to formulate a vision and a roadmap, to address health system challenges to move towards Universal Health Coverage.
  4. Promote multisectoral collaboration and foster partnerships between national and international stakeholders to support to EMR member states to move towards Universal Health Coverage and sustain prior achievements.

Agenda

The Conference shall involve key note speeches from health policy and health system experts involved in health system reform for moving towards Universal Health Coverage. In addition, plenary and panel sessions will be arranged to discuss specific health system components and their contribution to the goal of Universal Health Coverage. The Agenda shall be arranged around the three dimensions of Universal health Coverage being: financial protection, provision of needed services, and expanding coverage to the poor and vulnerable.

Expected Results

The Conference is expected to:

  • Develop a regional roadmap for accelerating progress toward UCH in the EMR;
  • Share experiences of countries from within and outside the have made progress towards UHC and draw lesson for the benefit of EMR countries Assist national policy makers from EMR member states to initiate the process of developing a country roadmap to move towards Universal Health Coverage.

Réunion régionale sur l’accélération des progrès en vue de réaliser la couverture sanitaire universelle : application des expériences et enseignements tirés au niveau mondial dans la Région de la Méditerranée orientale

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L’image nous montre le Directeur régional du Bureau de l’OMS pour la Méditerranée orientale« Les inégalités en matière de santé représentent les défis les plus importants auxquels sont confrontés de nombreux pays de la Région. Pour faire face à ces défis, les systèmes de santé doivent élaborer une vision et des stratégies claires afin de réaliser la couverture universelle ainsi que des politiques de financement de la santé équitables »Le Bureau régional de l’OMS au Caire (Égypte) organisera, du 5 au 7 décembre 2013,  une réunion régionale sur l’accélération des progrès en vue de réaliser la couverture sanitaire universelle et sur l’application des expériences et enseignements tirés dans ce domaine au niveau mondial dans la Région de la Méditerranée orientale. L'objet de cette conférence est de partager des expériences au niveau international avec les responsables de l’élaboration des politiques et les décideurs de la Région afin de les aider à élaborer une vision claire de la réforme de leur système de santé en vue de réaliser l’objectif de couverture sanitaire universelle.

Les objectifs spécifiques de cette réunion sont les suivants :

    • partager des informations et échanger des expériences entre les pays de la Région et d'autres régions sur les réussites et les échecs dans la prise en compte des difficultés liées aux fonctions de collecte, de mise en commun et d’achat en matière de financement de la santé ;  
    • documenter et examiner les expériences des pays concernant la réponse apportée aux défis liés à d’autres composantes du système de santé, en particulier les personnel de santé, la prestation de services et les technologies de la santé ;  
    • aider les pays, à leurs différents niveaux de développement socioéconomique, à formuler une vision et une feuille de route, pour s’attaquer aux défis du système de santé afin de progresser vers la couverture sanitaire universelle ;
    • promouvoir la collaboration multisectorielle et encourager les partenariats entre les parties prenantes nationales et internationales afin d’aider les pays de la Région à progresser vers la couverture sanitaire universelle et à préserver les acquis.

    Entre 100 et 150 responsables de l’élaboration des politiques et décideurs ainsi que des experts des systèmes de santé des ministères de la Santé, des Finances, de l’Économie, de la Planification et du Développement participeront à la réunion ; y assisteront également des universitaires, des représentants de la Banque mondiale, de l’UNICEF, de l’UNFPA et du PNUD, et des organismes donateurs œuvrant dans le domaine du soutien au renforcement des systèmes de santé dans la Région – Le Ministère du développement international du Royaume-Uni, l'USAID (United States Agency for International Development), l’Agence canadienne de développement international et l’Agence japonaise de coopération internationale.

    Le programme de la réunion couvrira les trois dimensions de la couverture sanitaire universelle : la protection financière, la fourniture des services nécessaires, et enfin l’élargissement de la couverture aux populations pauvres et vulnérables.

    La réunion devrait aboutir à l’élaboration d’une feuille de route régionale en vue d’accélérer les progrès vers une couverture sanitaire universelle dans la Région.

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    Programme

    Day 1, 5 December 2013

    Inaugural session

    Inaugural speech

    The Road to universal health coverage: World Health Report 2010 and beyond

    World Bank: Helping countries move towards universal health coverage

    Universal health coverage: challenges and opportunities for countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

    Session 1. Political commitment, multisectorality and universal health coverage

    Morocco's experience

    Turkey's experience

    China's experience

    Experiences from European countries                                                 

    Session 2. Expanding financial protection for universal health coverage

    Ethiopia's experience: good health at low cost

    Latin America's experience [TBC]

    Jordan's experience: maintaining low OOP [TBC]

    Philippines experience: SHI

    France's experience: efficiency/equity trade off

    Panel discussion on reducing waste and improving efficiency

    Side meeting: Role of academia and civil society in promoting UHC

    Day 2, 6 December 2013

    Session 3. Increasing service coverage for universal health coverage

    UK's experience: NHS and quality of care

    Access to essential medicines and technology and universal health coverage

    Health workforce crisis and universal health coverage

    Family practice and universal health coverage: experiences from Brazil, China, Thailand and the Eastern Mediterranean Region

    Session 4. “Population coverage: Reaching out to ALL”

    Thailand's experience

    India Experience – RSBY scheme

    Islamic Republic of Iran's experience: urban primary health care

    Gulf Cooperation Council's experience: covering the expatriate population

    Ghana's experience: universal health coverage in low-income settings

    Panel discussion on barriers to universal health coverage in the Region

    Session 5. Role of public health programmes in universal health coverage

    Role of the public health programmes in universal health coverage

    Panel discussion

    Session 6. Developing a roadmap for universal health coverage in the Region – Breakout groups

    Side meeting

    Day 3, 7 December 2013

    Session 7. Monitoring progress towards universal health coverage

    Session 8. Development partners role in universal health coverage

    Session 9. Concluding session

    Regional Director's address

    Press release

    documents d’information

    World Health Reports

    The World Health Report 2010 - Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage

    The World Health Report 2008 - Primary health care (now more than ever)

    The World Health Report 2000 - Health systems: improving performance

    Regional Committee resolutions

    EM/RC57/Tech.Disc.1
    Strategic directions to improve health care financing in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: moving towards universal  coverage 2011–2015

    biographies des intervenants

    Concept note

    Concept note

    Rationale

    Every year, millions of people globally are deprived of needed health care and millions of others experience financial hardship because of the way health services are arranged, delivered and financed. The World Health Report 2010 “Health systems: the path to universal coverage” sheds light on the importance of reshaping national health systems to facilitate countries’ move towards universal health coverage. Universal coverage means that all people have access to needed and quality care, without facing the risk of financial ruin. The approach to achieving this goal is embedded in the values and principles of primary health care.

    The journey towards universal health coverage calls for a reform of health systems, as well as addressing social and environmental determinants of health, to fulfil the goal of social health protection and health equity. Successful country experiences have shown that to achieve universal health coverage health financing systems need to be reformed to enhance financial protection and promote fair financing.

    Health system strengthening has been identified as one of five strategic priorities for the work of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean with its Member States over the next five years. A paper presented to the fifty-ninth session of the Regional Committee in October 2012 identified health system challenges for countries in their progress towards achieving universal health coverage in the Region. The Paper devised options for policy-makers to consider in their endeavours to reform national health systems. A follow-up resolution [1] called on the Regional Director to provide Member States with a review of international experiences in moving towards universal health coverage, demonstrating the lessons learned.

    [1] Regional Committee Resolution EM/RC59/R.3: “Health systems strengthening in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region: challenges, priorities and options for future action”.

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