Wednesday, September 26, 2012

[EQ] Online launch of The Lancet Series on Universal Health Coverage - Live Video Webcast Wednesday, September 26th - 6:30-9:00pm EST

The Rockefeller Foundation, The Lancet, and Results for Development Institute are pleased to invite you to attend the launch of:

The Lancet Series on Universal Health Coverage


Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization,
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and
Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation.

This event will be streamed live:

Wednesday, September 26th - 6:30-9:00pm

Grand Hyatt New York -109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal- New York, NY 10017

As the global movement towards universal health coverage (UHC) continues to grow, numerous countries are experimenting with models for moving toward UHC utilizing health financing mechanisms to protect against financial risk, increase access to essential health services, and improve health outcomes. This Series highlights multiple facets of what is happening with UHC globally including a perspective on the historical evolution of the economics and policy behind it, evidence on the effects of universal health coverage UHC on health outcomes, and an exploration of progress towards universal health coverage  UHC in nine Asian and African countries.


Confirmed speakers include:


Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Dr. David de Ferranti, President of the Results for Development Institute

Dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, Vice-Minister of Health, Indonesia

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Ethiopia

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Colombia University

Watch the Live Video Webcast beginning at 6:45pm EST.


Universal Health Coverage

The Lancet - Themed issue, published Sept 7, 2012


“……….Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization WHO, has stated that "Universal Health Coverage is the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer."

 In this themed issue of The Lancet, the first of three Series papers explores the evidence on the links between expansions in coverage and population health outcomes. The second paper looks at the political and economic dimensions of the transition to universal health coverage, and the third examines nine low-income and lower-middle-income countries in Africa and Asia that have implemented national health insurance reforms. Also, a Viewpoint calls for continued progress and argues for a large public sector role in health systems reform.

What becomes clear in this issue is that although universal health coverage is not a guarantee for progress, attention should focus now not on whether, but on how to make the most of the transition. In a Comment, Judith Rodin and David de Ferranti conclude: "what will emerge in the decades ahead in each country undertaking reform is not entirely clear, but, as this Series and many country examples suggest, we are getting closer to a time when this [transition toward universal health coverage] will be achieved and families will no longer be at risk of having the cost of sickness ruin their lives."


Universal health coverage: a third global health transition?

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Universal health coverage: good health, good economics

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Universal health coverage is a development issue

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Series Papers

Does Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage Improve Population Health?


Political and Economic Features of the Transition to Universal Health Coverage


Moving Toward Universal Health Coverage: Recent Health Insurance Reforms in Nine Lower Income Countries in Africa and Asia

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MP3 Audio:

Universal Health Coverage
Jeff Sachs discusses progress to UHC in developing countries.


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