International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on 12 December aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to call for stronger, more equitable health systems to achieve universal health coverage, leaving no one behind. It has become the annual rallying point for the growing global movement for Health for All
This year, the Tunisian Center for Public Health is proud to partner with UHC2030, a multi-stakeholder partnership driving the global movement to build strong health systems for universal health coverage.
To celebrate the UHC day, TunCPH covened members of the Civil Society (CS) as well as partners of the The Tunisian Societal Dialogue process to attend an evaluation workshop/roundtable. The workshop discussed how to engage policymakers and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to support and promote UHC as part of the Societal Dialogue.
There is widespread agreement on the vital role that CSOs can play in influencing policies and practices towards improving health equity and access. A growing number of CSOs are recognizing the need to better understand UHC and health financing and to engage in the societal dialogue based on evidence. Our focus is, therefore, to support the community and offer the opportunity to learn about the role of Universal Health Coverage in promoting health equity and in mobilizing resources equitably and efficiently to ensure everyone can get the health care they need without fear of financial hardship.
The workshop was supported by a design thinking facilitator and delivered by an expert in Health Economics ; Dr. Ines Ayadi, an Economist, Professor of Economy and expert in Health Economy and currently serving as a Professor at Sfax University and consulting for different national and international agencies.
The Tunisian Societal Dialogue is the largest societal initiative and consultative process in Tunisia which aims at supporting a national bottom-up approach in designing and implementing a national health policy. In January 2019, the second phase of the « Tunisian Societal Dialogue, Transforming Priorities into Plans » will be launched to focus on understanding and preparing the strategy for Health Financing and Universal Health Coverage as a core component of the Tunisian national health strategy.
To learn more about the Tunisian Societal Dialogue, you can visit the official website: http://www.hiwarsaha.tn.
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