Universal Health Coverage Day, 2016: On quality and UHC

To mark UHC Day, URC's Lani Marquez, Knowledge Management Director, USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, reflects on the importance of including quality in conversations about universal health coverage.

Quality in UHC was the topic of a recent satellite session at HSR 2016. The session, supported by USAID through ASSIST launched the WHO Service Delivery and Safety Department's new Global Learning Laboratory (GLL) for Quality Universal Health Coverage.The knowledge café format brought together policymakers, implementers, and researchers to explore four topics of relevance to UHC: policy and strategy, quality interventions for UHC, monitoring and research, and systems resilience and security. At the end of an energetic, open discussion of the four topics, each group reported out significant discoveries, recommendations, and areas to explore further.

"The value of a conversation space like the GLL was evident in the knowledge that participants brought to the table, particularly with respect to strategies and interventions that are working.  They also voiced interest in other areas they would like to see addressed by the GLL," writes Ms. Marquez.

Find out what was most important to each group, as Ms. Marquez highlights findings in her post for UHC, "Keep the conversation going on quality and UHC: A reflection for UHC Day 2016"

Two women and a man in discussion at the Universal Health Coverage knowledge café, a satellite session presented by WHO and facilitated by USAID assist at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada in November, 2016
Quality UHC knowledge café at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. November,2016
Date 
December 12, 2016
Authors 
Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
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