Side Events at UHC Forum 2017
(12 and 15 December 2017)

APO was involved in two different side events at UHC Forum in Tokyo, Japan.

The Asia-Pacific pathway to universal health coverage organized
(12 December 2017)


This session was a lead by WHO-WPRO, supported by ADB and APO and focused on four different issues:

(i) Pathways to equitable service delivery transformation to respond to NCDs and population ageing and accelerate progress towards UHC in Asia-Pacific countries

(ii) Governance pathways to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) in Asia-Pacific countries

(iii) Financing pathways to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) in Asia-Pacific countries

(iv) Pathways to engaging communities and responding to demand-side issues to accelerate equitable progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) in Asia-Pacific countries

This was followed by discussion by participants on major issues and challenges of achieving UHC in such varied geographical and political region of the world.

Health System Financing and Social Health Protection for UHC: Role of Comparative Health System Analysis and Regional Collaboration in Asia
(15 December 2017)


This was organized by iGHP (Institute of Global Health Policy Research, National Centre for Global Health and Medicine, Japan), P4H (Providing for Health, World Health Organization) and APO. (December 15th). In this session Dr Nima shared the examples of the APO collaboration with partners including governments, academics, development agencies and civil societies and the challenges that APO as a regional partnership, focusing on generating evidence sees when they try to shift the evidence to policy. This was augmented by presentations from Dr Walaiporn Patcharanarumol from IHPP, Thailand on use of Health Systems in Transition (HiT) Reviews as a means to engage with policy makers for improving health system performance and financing. This was followed by Soft launch of Japan HiT

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