Universal health coverage (UHC) is based on the World Health Organization Constitution of 1948 declaring health a fundamental human right and on the Health for All agenda set by the Alma-Ata declaration in 1978. Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) means ensuring that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without enduring financial hardship (WHO).
Nepal is moving toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to ensure that all people are able to utilize promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services without any financial hardship. To ensure UHC, the focus for the following five years is flowingly; enhanced capacities of human resources; efficient and timely procurement and supply chain management; adequate infrastructure; improved governance and health care financing; and enhanced evidence-based decision-making processes at all levels. The policy dialogue and advocacy for Universal health coverage have been prioritized as important agenda by the government of Nepal under Nepal Health Sector Strategy (2022-2030), National Health Policy 2019, 15th-year plan. The curative Service Division (CSD) has a mandate for technical support in delivery of basic health services and emergency health services.
The Provincial level Universal Health Coverage Policy Dialogue will held in Pokhara, Janakpur, and Nepalgunj from 22 June to July 2022 respectively. The presence of Provincial level key personnel to enhance the importance of UHC in the health sector and to understand the role of UHC in minimizing the financial burden for health services utilization.
Objectives of the workshops:
The objectives of the workshop were
- To inform Universal Health Coverage Framework for Nepal among the Province and Local level stakeholders.
- To discuss the health financing modalities in the context of Nepal.
- To advocate for the importance of UHC with policy makers and planners at all levels of government in upcoming plans in achieving Universal Health Coverage and ultimately SDG.
The modality of the program was similar in all events such as preparatory meetings, formal sessions, PowerPoint presentations, panel discussions, questions answers, and closing sessions.
Supported by: WHO Nepal and Curative Service Division (CSD).
Duration: June 2022-November 2022.