The Rationale

An­gela Merkel and Mar­garet Chan

Health Systems Strengthening is what we do, UHC is what we want

Universal Health Coverage is an important part of the third Sustainable Development Goal. For its realisation the coordination of health systems strengthening efforts at national and global levels must be improved.

Germany supports these efforts and promotes a comprehensive approach to health systems strengthening that is aligned with national priorities.

It works together with a considerable number of partners under the umbrella of UHC2030. The Joint Vision Paper serves as a reference framework for this collaboration.

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Latest news

World Health Assembly 2017

Launch of a Joint Vision for Health Systems Strengthening for UHC

The strategy paper “Healthy systems for UHC – a joint vision for healthy lives” was launched at a high level side event of the 70th World Health Assembly on 24 May. The document is the result of a comprehensive international consultation process, significantly shaped by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The vision outlines health system performance dimensions and policy entry points to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through Health Systems Strengthening. In the coming years it will serve as key reference document for the UHC2030 partnership and as a broader resource for the global community to inform collaboration on this shared agenda.

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The framework

Group of health workers

The Joint Vision

The Joint Vision constitutes a framework for health systems strengthening to promote UHC. A group of experts from the European Commission, Germany, Japan, the World Bank and WHO developed it, using the UHC2030 partnership as platform for an active and participatory consultation process.

Over 200 health actors gave their inputs to this consultation process, including governments, multilateral and bilateral development agencies and civil society.

As a result, the Joint Vision reflects broad consensus and combines key performance dimensions with the policy entry points of service delivery, health financing and governance.

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The network

International Health Partnership for UHC 2030

International Health Partnership for UHC 2030

The International Health Partnership for UHC2030 provides a multi-stakeholder platform to promote collaborative working in countries and globally on health systems strengthening. It advocates increased political commitment to universal health coverage (UHC) and facilitates accountability and knowledge sharing.

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Past events & meetings

HSHL working breakfast

How we got to where we are

In late 2015, Germany and WHO launched the Healthy Systems-Healthy Lives initiative at the margins of the UN summit on sustainable development. Since this time, key high level policy dialogues and technical consultations have taken place, building consensus among partners and refining it into a Joint Vision for Health Systems Strengthening for UHC. You can read more about these past meetings here.

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