Third Annual UHC Financing Forum: Greater Equity for Better Health and Financial Protection

April 19-20, 2018

Washington Hilton, Washington, DC



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The World Bank Group and USAID will host the Third Annual Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Financing Forum from April 19-20, 2018, in advance of the World Bank Group’s Spring Meetings. The Forum will take place at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington DC.

The Forum will focus on mobilizing and shaping health financing to achieve equity and access to health services. This two-day event builds on previous Forum discussions, which looked at resource mobilization and strategic policies and practical interventions to help governments use health system resources more efficiently.

Please see the Concept Note for more information. 

Background paper

Thinking about Equity in Health Financing: A Framework [PDF]

  • Registration for the 2018 UHC Financing Forum is now closed. Please  note that for those who are unable to attend - the conference reports, videos of the plenary sessions and other information will be available later this spring on the forum webpage. Select sessions will also be livestreamed during the forum.

    The Third UHC Financing Forum will feature 12 Satellite Sessions, which are going to take place prior to the forum on April 18, 2018 at The Washington Hilton Hotel. The Satellite Sessions are open to the public and seats are available on a first come first serve basis. For your convenience, we invite you to register your participation at your earliest convenience under the following RSVP link.

    Also, please note that the Towards Universal Health Coverage: Tackling the Health Financing Crisis event will take place at the World Bank Group on April 20. This flagship event, co-hosted in partnership with the Government of Japan and the World Health Organization, will look at how countries are pursuing reforms and investments, building political commitment and going beyond business as usual to ensure that all people receive needed quality health services without financial hardship. Part of the World Bank Group -International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings 2018, the event aims to drive sustained country and global commitment to attain UHC by 2030.

    For more information about the 2018 Annual UHC Financing Forum, hotel reservations and regular updates, please contact the coordination team at

  • Overview Satellite Session Agenda [pdf]


    8:30 – 10:00: SATELLITE SESSIONS 1 & 2

    • Columbia 8: What makes a good case for investing budget allocations for health?
    • Columbia 6: How to use health insurance claims data for better decision making?

    10:30 – 12:00: SATELLITE SESSIONS 3 & 4

    • Columbia 8: Donors decide but countries deliver: How can development assistance support equity and UHC?
    • Columbia 6: Taxing Tobacco for Health, Domestic Resource Mobilization, and Equity

    10:45 – 12:15 EXTRA SESSION AT THE PALOMAR HOTEL-NOTE: this event is not at Hilton

    • National Ballroom: Public financial management in health: how can planning and budgeting support health sector objectives

    12:30 – 14:00: SATELLITE SESSIONS 5 & 6

    • Columbia 8: Taking financial protection home – fad or future?
    • Columbia 6: What do health workers have to do with it? HRH considerations for advancing equitable health financing

    14:30 – 16:00: SATELLITE SESSIONS 7 & 8

    • Columbia 8: Progressive paths to going universal: A synthesis of lessons from 40 country case studies in LICs, LMICs and HICs
    • Columbia 6: The Future of Financing UHC

    16:30 – 18:00: SATELLITE SESSIONS 9 & 10

    • Columbia 8: Financing global health and the future of Universal Health Coverage
    • Columbia 6: Reducing national expenditures while increasing equitable access to healthcare using managed equipment service frameworks

    18:30 – 20:00: SATELLITE SESSIONS 11 & 12

    • Columbia 8: On the path to Universal Health Coverage: boosting the demographic transition by attaining sustainable financing for family planning
    • Columbia 6: Activity based Budgeting versus program based budgeting: Which is better for the health sector?

    Overview draft agenda [pdf]

    Detailed draft agenda [pdf]


    7:30: Registration opens / Breakfast

    8:30 – 9:15: Columbia Main: Introduction / Setting the stage

    9:15 – 10:30: PLENARY SESSION 1

    • Columbia Main: Revenue Generation and Equity: Who Should Worry About It?

    10:30 – 11:00: Coffee / Tea break

    11:00 – 12:15: PLENARY SESSION 2

    • Columbia Main: Pooling for equity: “It’s not (just) what you do, but the way that you do it”

    12:15 – 12:45: PLENARY ADDRESS

    • Columbia Main: How will we know when we have achieved UHC? A new global database

    12:45 – 14:00: LUNCH

    14:00 – 15:30 BREAKOUT SESSION 1

    • Columbia Main: The promise of explicit priority setting for equity
    • Columbia 3-4: Providing health care to refugee populations: How to pay the bill?
    • Columbia 9-10: Novel approaches to including equity on health financing in Indonesia
    • Columbia 11-12: Achieving good health for all through purchasing: practical tools for countries by countries of the Joint Learning Network for UHC

    15:30 – 16:00: Coffee/Tea Break

    16:00 – 17:30 BREAKOUT SESSION 2

    • Columbia 3-4: Discussions on universal pooling in the Americas
    • Columbia Main: A bitter pill: addressing health commodity purchasing as a driver of inefficiency and inequality
    • Columbia 9-10: What you can’t measure, you can’t change: Data analytics to support equity, what’s new?
    • Columbia 11-12: (Un)intentional institutionalization of out-of-pocket payments: What to do when provider payment arrangements undermine equity objectives?
    • Columbia 2: Is Performance-based Financing Equity Enhancing? Evidence from World Bank Impact Evaluations

    17:30 – 19:00: Columbia West: RECEPTION


    7:30 – 8:30: Breakfast

    8:30 – 9:45: PLENARY SESSION 3

    • Columbia Main: Why is it so hard to get resources to the frontline?

    9:45 – 10:30: Columbia Main: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Gita Sen

    10:30 – 11:00: Coffee/Tea break

    11:00 – 12:30 BREAKOUT SESSION 3

    • Columbia Main: With rising inequality and concentration of wealth, are we looking in the right places to finance UHC?
    • Columbia 3-4: Equitable health financing and the law
    • Columbia 9-10: Getting resources to the frontline II: What is private sector’s role?
    • Columbia 11-12: Immunization as a trailblazer towards UHC: using health financing policy levers to achieve equitable immunization outcomes

    12:30 – 13:30: LUNCH

    13:30 – 14:45: PLENARY SESSION 4

    • Columbia Main: Accountability and fairness in process: What is its role in promoting equity in health financing?

    14:45 – 15:15: Technical summary and wrap-up

    15:15 – 16:00: Coffee/Tea break and travel to World Bank Main Campus Building

    16:00 – 17:30: FLAGSHIP EVENT

    17:30 – 18:30: RECEPTION: World Bank Main Campus Building: Wolfensohn Atrium

  • •           Africa Health Budget Network

    •           Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    •           Center for Global Development

    •           Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

    •           Ghana - National Health Insurance Authority

    •           Global Financing Facility

    •           Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

    •           Government of Kenya

    •           International Monetary Fund

    •           Japan International Cooperation Agency

    •           London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    •           Mexico – Funsalud

    •           Ministry of Health, Indonesia

    •           National Chilean Public Health Insurance Agency (FONASA)

    •           Nigeria – Federal Ministry of Health

    •           Norwegian Institute of Public Health

    •           Save the Children, UK

    •           United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    •           World Bank Group

    •           World Health Organization (WHO)