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Book Launch Seminar on Universal Health Coverage (UHC); Embarking of a New Seminar Series on UHC by

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UHC Book Launch Seminar Photo Collage

World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice of the World Bank Group (HNP GP) co-hosted a book launch event, a video conference seminar connecting 12 different sites in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, Thailand, , Vietnam, and Tokyo on November 11, 2014. The seminar was organized to share findings from the Japan-World Bank Partnership Program on Universal Health Coverage among policy makers and stakeholders in Asia and it included bringing together audiences that had gathered at the World Bank Country Offices as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) headquarters and country offices, and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) affliated sites.

Background

Under the Japan-World Bank Partnership Program on Universal Health Coverage, the Government of Japan and the World Bank conducted a multi-country study of 11 countries from low, middle, and high income countries selected on the basis of their geographic diversity and economic conditions and compiled the findings from the study in two publications.
The newly launched book, “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies”  includes experiences of implementing policies and strategies to achieve and sustain UHC from 11 countries, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan” captures an in-depth experience of Japan, which in 2011 celebrated its 50th anniversary of its own achievement of universal health coverage. The findings from this study are intended to provide lessons that can be used by other countries striving to adopt, achieve, and sustain UHC.

Book Launch Seminar

The seminar kicked off with TDLC Manager, Tomoyuki Naito’s opening remarks and Akiko Maeda, one of the authors of “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of 11 Country Case Studies” providing a brief introduction and overview of the book from the TDLC studio. Michael R. Reich, co-author of the same book presented on the political economy aspect of UHC policies.
Naoki Ikegami, editor of “Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan” and John C. Campbell, one of the contributing authors of the same book presented on the specifics of the path to achieving UHC in Japan.
All the speakers were present at the TDLC studio in Tokyo for the event and answered questions raised from the audience in the 12 sites connected via a videoconference line. The participants asking questions to the speakers drew upon the experiences of their own country and sought how the findings of the study and experience of Japan could be applied to their own country’s situation; a lively discussion and exchange took place among the participants. 
Maeda in her closing speech remarked how content she was at having had the opportunity to clear some popular misconceptions about UHC and the role of primary health care in UHC policies, in particular.

Way Forward

While this seminar was conceived to commemorate the launch of the two new publications on UHC, it also marked the beginning of a new collaboration between the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center and the Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice of the World Bank Group. To respond to the growing demand from low- and middle-income countries for technical advice on the design and implementation of UHC policies and strategies, TDLC, working closely with WBG HNP Global Practice team, is preparing to launch a new knowledge sharing seminar series on disseminating various country experiences of implementing UHC.

For updates on the new seminar series, please check here.

World Bank’s work on UHC:
http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/universalhealthcoverage