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Universal health Coverage (UHC) is defined as the desired outcome of health system performance whereby all people who need health services (promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation) receive them, without undue financial hardship. In order to achieve this, health services coverage of essential health services and financial protection for the population as a whole and for critical equity groups must be improved. There is emerging consensus that the burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental health, need to be included in the efforts. UHC is critical to achieving the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity for the poorest 40% of the population set by the World Bank Group.
The Japan–World Bank Partnership Program on UHC revealed that there is wealth of knowledge and experience related to UHC in the world. The World Bank Group’s Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) – Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice Joint Knowledge Sharing Program on UHC will promote knowledge sharing on best practices and lessons learned from country experiences related to key aspects of UHC, among policy makers, World Bank Group staff, academia, Civil Society Organizations, and other key stakeholders, utilizing video-conferencing and other multimedia-based distance knowledge sharing modalities.
Priority thematic areas would include health financing, human resources for health, coverage of key equity groups in terms of gender, disability and age group with special attention to ageing, and emerging issues such as mental health.
The Japan–World Bank Partnership Program on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has concluded its multi-country study. A book launch seminar will be held at TDLC on November 11, 2014 and findings from the study will be shared with policy makers and other key stakeholders in Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.