By Desta Lakew (Amref Health Africa), Priya Balasubramaniam (PHFI) and Gerry Bloom (IDS) from the Private Sector In Health Thematic Working Group
As members of the Private Sector In Health Thematic Working Group (PSIH TWG), we are delighted to announce that the ‘Innovations for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – 2018’s Conclave – which we are organising – will take place in Bangalore, India, on June 11th and 12th. The aim of the Conclave is to find ways to leverage the transformational potential of these innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa.
Transforming health care delivery in Asia and Africa
HSG and NITI Aayog (the National Institution for Transforming India) are technical partners for this event, led by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Amref Health Africa (Amref), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). In the context of the movement for Universal Health Coverage, the 40th anniversary of Alma Ata this year, and other national-level initiatives such as the National Health Protection Scheme in India, we are very much looking forward to the launch the Innovations for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in India/Asia and Africa Collaboration.
This Conclave – the first of its kind – will bring together technology innovators, investors, government officials, and public and private sector health service providers to consider practical strategies for transforming health care delivery in Asia and Africa. It will provide an opportunity for dialogue between public and private sectors, between health and other sectors and between innovators and government officials from India and Africa.
Kicking off the innovation for UHC discussion
This event is part of the PSIH TWG strand of work on implementing improvement and innovation in health services and systems, which explores the innovation landscape in the health sector and approaches that stimulate scale-up and social impact of health innovations.
We see this conclave as a starting point in terms discussing innovation for UHC. The outcomes of the Innovation Conclave will be shared during the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Private Sector Pre-symposium Satellite Session which will be held on the side of the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research to be held in Liverpool in October 2018. The Session is titled, “Engaging with Private Sector for UHC: What we Have Learned”.
Thereafter, we intend to take this further at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC2019) planned for March 5-7, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference will convene policymakers, private sector leaders, researchers, advocates, journalists and young people to discuss how to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa.