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International Training Centre of the ILO

Over the past decades, many countries in Asia and the Pacific have rapidly expanded social health protection coverage. Despite laudable progress, the effective realization of the human rights to health and social security is not yet a reality for all. Inequalities in coverage and in access to healthcare services still exist across and within countries. This provides a major obstacle to the realization of universal health coverage in the region.

In order to facilitate knowledge exchange and promote mutual learning among policymakers in the region and beyond, a series of online webinars on extending social health protection is scheduled for December and January. The webinars are organised by the Issue-Based Coalition on Empowerment and Inclusion in Asia (a coalition of several UN agencies* that aims to coordinate UN development efforts in the region) in partnership with CONNECT (a network of public and academic institutions in the region working on expanding social health protection).

Webinar schedule:
7 December 2021: Social health protection: where are we in the Asia Pacific region? Launch of the ILO regional compendium
9 December 2021: Strategies to sustainably expand coverage and adequacy of protection
January 2022: Ageing and long-term care with a focus on national transfer accounts for intergenerational policy advancement (exact date to be communicated to registered participants)

Logistics:
Simultaneous interpretation will be available throughout the meeting in English, French, Vietnamese and Chinese.
Attendance is free but registration is required; use the link provided on this page to register.

*The Issue-Based Coalition on Empowerment and Inclusion in Asia is co-led by ILO and UNICEF, with the participation and contribution from ESCAP, FAO, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDRR, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNV and WFP.