Description/achievement of initiative
UHC2030 provides a multi-stakeholder platform that promotes collaborative working at global and country levels on health systems strengthening (HSS). We advocate increased political commitment to UHC and facilitate accountability and knowledge sharing. In countries receiving external assistance, we continue to promote adherence to effective development cooperation principles as the most important way to ensure coordination around HSS. In 2016, the International Health Partnership + (IHP+) transformed into UHC2030 to respond to the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG3, and expanded its scope to include health systems strengthening to achieve universal health coverage.
All UHC2030 partners sign the UHC2030: global compact and commit to work together with renewed urgency to accelerate progress towards UHC, through building and expanding equitable, resilient and sustainable health systems. In our efforts to strengthen health systems and achieve UHC, we collectively subscribe to the following key principles to guide our action:
• Leaving no one behind: a commitment to equity, non-discrimination and a rights-based approach
• Transparency and accountability for results
• Evidence-based national health strategies and leadership, with government stewardship to ensure availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of service delivery
• Making health systems everybody’s business – with engagement of citizens, communities, civil society and private sector
• International cooperation based on mutual learning across countries, regardless of development status and progress in achieving and sustaining UHC and development effectiveness principles.
Countries and the global health community broadly agree that the cornerstone of achieving universal health coverage is to develop and strengthen all aspects of countries’ health systems. A main purpose of UHC2030 therefore is to help improve coordination to ensure the most effective approach to health system strengthening.
UHC2030 encourages partners and related initiatives to coordinate their efforts on health systems strengthening, and provides concrete tools and approaches to help improve such coordination. This particularly applies to low- and middle-income countries with weaker health systems, where multiple partners provide development cooperation to support health systems strengthening (HSS).
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
1. Improve coordination of HSS efforts for UHC at global level, including synergies with related technical networks.
2. Strengthen multi-stakeholder policy dialogue and coordination of HSS efforts in countries, including adherence to IHP+ principles and behaviours in countries receiving external assistance.
3. Facilitate accountability for progress towards HSS and UHC that contributes to a more integrated approach to accountability for SDG3.
4. Build political momentum around a shared global vision of HSS for UHC and advocate for sufficient, appropriate and well-coordinated resource allocation to HSS.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
UHC2030 Steering Committee:
The Steering Committee is the decision making body for UHC2030, and as such, is responsible for setting overall strategic directions and oversight. The Steering Committee’s role and responsibilities reflect the mandate of UHC2030, including mobilising political support for the aims, objectives and activities of the partnership, and leading by example by adherence to the commitments of the Global Compact at global and country levels.
The Steering Committee has a maximum of 20 members who represent the different constituencies in UHC2030, to facilitate communication and interaction of members. Ad hoc observers can be selected by invitation.
Representation and inclusivity are essential for the partnership’s legitimacy, with broad multi-stakeholder engagement in the activities and decision-making processes.
Technical working groups
The Steering Committee can establish technical groups, bringing together technical experts, to collectively delivery on a priority of work identified in the UHC2030 work plan. These multi-stakeholder groups are action-oriented and will exist only as long as it takes to complete the specific task they have been given.
Civil society engagement mechanism (CSEM):
The CSEM is the civil society arm of the UHC2030 movement and is a critical contributor to UHC2030. It pays systematic attention to the needs of the most marginalised and vulnerable populations so that no one is left behind.
The CSEM seeks to strengthen an inclusive and broad movement on UHC, influence policy design and implementation, strengthen citizen-led and social accountability mechanisms, and promote coordination and harmonisation between CSO platforms and networks working on health related issues.
UHC2030 is the global platform for health systems coordination and brings together existing partnerships, alliances and networks referred to as ‘related initiatives’ that focus on strengthening comprehensive or specific areas of health systems.
UHC2030 also engages with related initiatives that focus on specific diseases or population groups as appropriate to facilitate a more integrated approach to strengthening accountability and advocating for equitable and sustainable progress towards UHC.
The UHC2030 Core Team is co-hosted by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, who each appoint one co-lead. Each co-lead is supported by a small team as needed, and all serve as the joint secretariat for the partnership.
The Core Team manages the daily operations of UHC2030 in line with the agreed workplan and budget, under the oversight and guidance of the Steering Committee.
Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, European Union-European Commission, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia.
Multi-lateral organisations and global health initiatives:
African Development Bank, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration, OECD, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, WHO, World Bank.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Foundation
Civil society organisations:
African Platform for UHC, AMREF Health Africa, BRAC, Bangladesh, Community Family and Aid Foundation, Ghana, Community Working Group on Health Zimbabwe, Health Enabled, South Africa, Management Sciences for Health, Medicus Mundi International – Network Health For All, Outreach Scout Foundation, Malawi, Positive Generation Cameroon, The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Association.
UHC2030 Related Initiatives:
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR), P4H Network for health financing and social health protection, Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN), Global Service Delivery Network (GSDN), Health Data Collaborative (HDC), Health Systems Global (HSG), Health Systems Governance Collaborative, Interagency Supply Chain Group, Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI), Universal Health Coverage Partnership.