25 July 2016

Voices from the consultation meeting.

UHC and the new partnership: stakeholder voices

During the consultation meeting (June 2016, Geneva) about the transformation from IHP+ to the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030, we asked some participants for their views on UHC and the new partnership. Here are voices from civil society, the private sector, faith-based organisations and academia.

Civil society

Mirai Chatterjee

Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) India

“I think there’s a need to broaden IHP+. If we are talking about a broad alliance or coalition to push our governments and collectively move as a global family to move towards UHC in the next fifteen years, then it has to be much more broad-based. So I think this is a very welcome move. 

I think in UHC it is very important to have voices from the ground. Voice and representation of membership organsiations of the poor, particularly those led by women like trade unions, women-led cooperatives, women’s self-help groups and their federations. Their voices and representation in the broader alliance for UHC 2030 would be critical. Because it is they who are usually excluded and it is them who we want to include. So without them at the policy table, it is hard to imagine how we can take UHC 2030 forward and build a movement for UHC 2030 from below.” 

Simon Wright

Save the Children, UK 

“UHC is a totally revolutionary way of thinking about health in developing countries. It is a real move from the MDGs which focused on specific targets and specific help from donors and actually to a world where we talk about the right to health and the responsibility of governments to provide that for their citizens. 

I’m really hoping that UHC 2030 will bring us all together with a very clear mandate to try and drive achieving SDG 3.8 and all the other health targets in the SDGs and that we are able to share experiences, best practices, expertise. But most importantly build a political movement in countries and globally for UHC.” 

Private sector

Dr Sam Ogillo

Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania

“I think it is time now that we should change our way of looking into things, our perspective, and let’s look at the private health sector and the health sector as a whole; not as competitors but as partners who are there to help achieve important goals that have been set internationally. 

I believe that this is a good platform to start that showcase. We have seen it with other initiatives. I believe there is no way we can reach everyone with good health coverage without working with the private sector. It is time to join hands – all the sectors – have a multi-sectoral approach and we can achieve UHC by 2030.” 

Faith-based organisations

Sam Orach

Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, Uganda Episcopal Conference

“When we talk about UHC we begin to talk of ‘Health for all’ but also ‘All for health’. Everybody participating, everybody thinking health, everybody acting for health including the users of health.

UHC 2030 in theory is going to achieve improved health outcomes, increased funding, and increased political will to support health properly. UHC 2030 is going to achieve increased participation of everybody in health. That is what we aim at achieving. But how to reach there is something that we need to be working on. One of the added values is bringing to light the multi-sectoral interplay in health.” 


Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation, India

“UHC is fundamentally posited on the principle of social solidarity and of cross-sectoral collaboration and unless this is brought about we are not going to be able to deliver UHC with adequate resourcing or performance. This particular partnership will be able to mobilise advocacy for adopting UHC, share knowledge on how best UHC can be implemented across various resource settings and also ensure appropriate evaluation as well as accountability. I think having this kind of a coalition of multiple forces who have recognized a common cause and are making a common case is absolutely important.” 

Kaorsar Afsana

BRAC, Bangladesh

“I’m quite excited because […] I can see that this transformation is in fact helping us to understand better what should be done at the country level. What I also feel about the partnership is that it is not the work of one person or one organization to do this. It is unique that various partners can work together to bring their knowledge, their intelligence, the evidence from country levels and create evidence to share with others about how you can work better to improve the health of the people.”  

Watch short videos (2 mins) of all these people speaking at the consultation meeting.

Please take part in our online consultation about the transformation of IHP+ into the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030.

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