In September 2019, Member States at the UN High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage made a commitment to engage relevant stakeholders, including civil society, through establishing participatory and transparent multi-stakeholder processes for influencing policies and reviews of progress on UHC. Although policy makers often acknowledge the added value of participatory processes at the country level, they face challenges and lack guidance on how to effectively establish and institutionalize mechanisms to leverage population, civil society, and community input for more responsive policy-making.
WHO is currently developing a guidance document, the Handbook on Social Participation for Universal Health Coverage. The handbook will provide best practice guidance to policymakers on how to effectively and meaningfully engage with populations, communities, and civil society in national policy, planning, and review processes. Further information on the handbook can be found here.
WHO, UHC2030, and the UHC Partnership are hosting a consultation where all who are interested are invited to provide input on the contents of the handbook. You will be asked to review the rationale and key messages of each chapter of the handbook and provide your feedback through a survey. You may find the consultation survey here. The consultation will be open until April 10th, 2020.
Please feel free to respond to the survey in any language. We will translate all responses!
Additionally, you may attend webinars led by WHO in collaboration with the Health Systems Governance Collaborative, Health Systems Global, the UHC Partnership, UHC2030, and the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030. Further details on the webinars may be found here.
This consultation process is directly targeted at civil society to ensure their voices are captured within the guidance document to Member State Governments; however, all who are interested are invited to participate.
We thank all who participate and share this opportunity. Every contribution is significant and vital in the effort to leave no one behind through UHC.