UHC : Extending Social Health Protection, Promoting Equity


Tuesday, November 17th 15:15 - 16:15 (Swiss time)


Reaching universal health coverage is a central objective of social protection systems and, likewise, extending social protection to all in the field of health is a key contribution towards the goal of UHC set by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Yet, half of the word�s population does not have access to the health services they need, highlighting the important social health protection coverage gap. In this context, a number of countries are strengthening their efforts to ensure that social health protection is a right enjoyed by all. In doing so, they are often confronted with highly fragmented systems of coverage, financing and delivery, which in turn impact equity. At the same time, specific challenges remain when it comes to offering social health protection to certain populations that may be remote to central administrations and institutions.

The panellists will provide insights on the pathways they have used in reducing fragmentation while extending coverage, notably through:

  • the creation or merging of national systems based on a single risk pool or institution;
  • the integration of programmes that were vertically funded into broader schemes; and
  • the mobilization of partnerships within the social protection system and beyond to reach uncovered populations.

The session will provide insights on practical ways for countries to extend social health protection to all as a central contribution to universal health coverage.


Claude Meyer

Coordinator, P4H Social Health Protection Network


Matthew MacGregor

Senior Manager, Sustainability, Transition, Co-Financing, Global Fund

Aungsumalee Pholpark

lecturer at the Department of Society and Health, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Thailand

Valerie Schmitt

Deputy Director, Social Protection Department, International Labor Organization (ILO)