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Coverage of the Innovations for Universal Health Coverage Conclave


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Coverage of the Innovations for Universal Health Coverage Conclave

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The Innovations for UHC Conclave, organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Amref Health Africa, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), NITI Aayog, and Health Systems Global (HSG) took place on June 11th and 12th in Bangalore, India.

The Innovations for Universal Health Coverage Partnership was conceptualized by, Dr. Gerald Bloom of IDS, Dr. Priya Balasubramaniam of PHFI and Ms. Desta Lakew of Amref Health Africa - all members of the HSG Private Sector in Health TWG - as a collaboration towards bringing of lasting health change in Africa and Asia. The aim of the Innovation for UHC Partnership is to find ways to leverage the transformational potential of technology based health innovations and new models of healthcare to accelerate progress towards achieving UHC in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa

The event brought together technology innovators, investors, government officials, public and private sector health service providers from India and Africa to share insights and strategies on ways to leverage the transformational potential of health innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving UHC in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa.

According to Gerry Bloom (IDS): “The conclave highlighted how governments, innovators, researchers and funders of innovation can work together and create a supportive ecosystem and how people and communities can benefit from new technologies and how its reach be maximised to populations.”

Desta Lakew (Amref Health Africa) said: “The conclave established the need of a working collaboration between India and Africa aimed at documenting factors and facilitating development and integration of innovations into service delivery. We look forward to welcoming some of the discussions and learnings between both the countries as well as steps forward at a follow up meeting in Kigale at the Africa Agenda Summit.”

The conversation will continue at the Thematic Working Group on Private Sector Pre-symposium Satellite Session, which will be held on the side of the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Liverpool in October 2018, as well as at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC2019) planned for March 5-7, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Below is a selection of media articles covering the conclave:

Outputs from the event will be available soon.