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2018 Annual Universal Health Coverage Financing Forum

April 19 - April 20

Organized by the World Bank Group and the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID)

Third Annual UHC Financing Forum: Greater Equity for Better Health and Financial Protection
April 19 – 20, 2018
Washington, DC



(More information will be available by January 2018)

This two-day Forum, hosted by the World Bank Group and the U.S. Agency for International Development, is the third of a series of annual events bringing together countries and partners to shape a joint agenda for and provide a platform to advance knowledge and its application in financing Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The 1st Forum, in 2016, dealt with revenue generation, or how to raise funds to meet the needs and demands of the population for good quality health services and financial protection, which are key components of UHC. The 2nd Forum, in 2017, explored how governments can use available resources in the most efficient way.

The 3rd Forum focuses on integrating principles of fairness in health financing to enhance equitable health outcomes outlined by the principles of UHC. As was the case previously, the agenda will include a mix of plenary and parallel sessions with expected attendance of 400 experts on public and health finance and service delivery, including representatives from ministries of finance and health from low- and middle-income countries, and staff from bi- and multi-lateral institutions, civil society organizations, think tanks and academia. By bringing the finance and health sectors together, and by bridging policy with evidence, the UHC Financing Forum creates one of the only global spaces that convenes key actors to help accelerate progress in countries towards sustainable financing of UHC.

Topics for consideration in breakout sessions

Breakout sessions at the Forum enhance the technical understanding of the major themes addressed in the four plenary sessions.  They are intended to provide a deeper dive into the challenges of inequity in the health financing functions to achieve UHC and its emphasis on equity.  There will be 12 to 15 breakout sessions that are 90 minutes in length.

Breakout session proposals should emphasize issues that controversial, new/innovative, high-impact, and/or in need of clarity. The proposed breakout session topic should relate to revenue generation, pooling and/or purchasing, or on cross-cutting topics that affect inequities in health financing or how health financing solutions can redress inequities in the UHC outcomes of coverage with quality health services and financial protection.  Please see the attached Forum Concept Note for ideas as to the kinds of issues that might be addressed in each of these thematic areas.

Submission of proposals

To submit a proposal, please complete the template below and return to Jed Fix (jfix@worldbank.org) and Caroline Ly (cly@usaid.gov). The deadline for breakout session submissions is January 12, 2018. Proposals will be reviewed and assessed based on their alignment with the Forum objectives (e.g. linkage to one or more of the health financing functions described above), technical merit, relevance to low- and middle-income countries and the degree to which a topic is seen as controversial, new/innovative, high-impact, and/or in need of clarity. Sessions will also be judged on the gender equity of proposed speakers and the format for engaging audience participation. Proposals (including any footnotes, references or attachments) should be no longer than 2 pages, 12 point font and normal margins.


April 19
April 20
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Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States


World Bank Group