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Launch of the Global Monitoring Reports

December 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am UTC-5


Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 3.8 – Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – requires that all people can access essential health services without suffering financial hardship. Since 2015, Its achievement is tracked jointly by The World Health Organization and the World Bank with bi-annual Global Monitoring Reports on Universal health Coverage and Financial Protection in Health. Previous Global Monitoring Reports found continued improvements in health service coverage (SDG indicator 3.8.1) but also increasing financial hardship from out-of-pocket health spending (SDG indicator 3.8.2). The disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause to economies, households and health systems threaten to revert the hard-won progress on service coverage and to further deepen financial hardship in health. Moreover, the disruptions to data collection pose an unprecedented challenge to UHC monitoring itself.

Event Description and Objective

This event presents key findings from the upcoming Global Monitoring Reports on UHC and Financial Protection 2021, which include new estimates of global and regional pre-pandemic trends in essential health service coverage and financial hardship, a conceptual framework and first empirical findings on the impacts of the pandemic on UHC, and policy recommendations to mitigate them. Four discussants will provide perspectives on current UHC indicators and the challenge of tracking UHC during the pandemic, as well as on the challenges – and opportunities – the pandemic poses for UHC in India, Ghana, and selected OECD countries.

The event is jointly organized by the WHO Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact, WHO Division of Universal Health Coverage/Life Course and the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice.