Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

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Book Launch Seminar

November 11, 2014
11:30–14:00 (JST)


The Japan–World Bank Partnership Program on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has concluded its multi-country study and will be sharing its findings with policy makers and other key stakeholders in Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam utilizing TDLC’s distance learning technology and network.

The goals of UHC are to ensure that all people can access quality health services, to safeguard all people from public health risks, and to protect all people from impoverishment due to illness, whether from out-of-pocket payments for healthcare or loss of income when a household member falls sick.

Countries as diverse as Brazil, France, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey have shown how UHC can serve as a vital mechanism for improving the health and welfare of their citizens, as well as lay the foundation for economic growth grounded in the principles of equity and sustainability. Eleven country studies (Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam) have been synthesized into a publication titled, “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies.” In addition, the initiative resulted in an in-depth report on Japan’s experience entitled “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan.”

The distance Seminar will cover key findings from the 11 country case studies and will convene principal researchers from the Japan study to discuss Japan’s role in promoting UHC abroad.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tokyo: 11:30 – 14:00
Manila: 10:30 – 13:00
Bangkok: 9:30 – 12:00
Hanoi: 9:30 – 12:00
Jakarta: 9:30 – 12:00
Yangon: 9:00 – 11:30

Target Audience:

Policy makers, health professionals, government officials, development practitioners in Japan and East Asia.


English only

Connecting Sites:

Bangkok, Thailand:
Chulalongkorn University Thailand Center of Academic Resources Development Learning Center
Hanoi, Vietnam:
Vietnam Development Information Center, The World Bank
Jakarta, Indonesia:
University of Indonesia Distance Learning Center
Manila, The Philippines:
Asian Institute of Management Development Resource Center
Yangon, Myanmar:
The World Bank Yangon Office

Scheduled Program:

11:30 – 11:40 (JST)

Opening Remarks and Introduction
Tomoyuki Naito, Manager, Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank
Akiko Maeda, Lead Health Specialist, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group (Moderator)

11:40 – 11:55 (JST)

Overview of the 11 Country Case Studies – Objectives and Key Findings
Akiko Maeda, Lead Health Specialist, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank Group

11:55 – 12:05 (JST)

Q & A

12:05 – 12: 20 (JST)

Political Economy of UHC Policies
Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

12:20 – 12:30 (JST)

Q & A

12:30 – 12:50 (JST) 
Lessons from Japan: What Japan Can Share from its Experience
Naoki Ikegami, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Keio School of Medicine

12:50 – 13:00 (JST)

Q & A

13:00 – 13:10 (JST)

Macro Process of Health Policy Making in Japan
John Campbell, Project Researcher, Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo University; Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Michigan

13:10 – 13:20 (JST)

Q & A

13:20 – 14:00 (JST)

Discussion and Conclusion
Moderator: Akiko Maeda

Related Links

The World Bank website on Health: Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development


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