Fwd: Save the Date: ACTION 3.8 CONFERENCE 2018 (UHC ACTION), Abuja 13th-14th December, 2018

3 October, 2018

Members may be interested in the "Action 3.8 Conference 2018", A Regional Conference for Innovative Approaches to Building Momentum for Universal Health Coverage, which is being held on December 13 and 14, 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria. Below is an extract from their anniouncement and call. The last three of thier "Sub-themes and lines of action" arre particularly relevant to HIFA. Please visit the conference website for further information and registration www.uhc_action.publichealth-edu.ng


UHC Is Not An Option

Our vision for Action 3.8 Conference is to show all delegates the endless opportunities for action towards building momentum for Universal Health Coverage in Africa. This conference will explore the development and innovation of ideas, appreciation of different perspectives, and how to most effectively act on them to enact sustainable change. UHC Action has a springboard of approach that explores the intricate cross -cutting connections across access, quality, demand and supply so that true transformative actions can be a reality for Universal Health Coverage.

Our participants will have their perspectives challenged, expanded and strengthened within the learning ecosystem of the conference, whilst while underlining the key pillars of UHC , from various global, regional, and subregional experiences.

Theme: Leave No One Behind to Ensure Universal Health Coverage for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All at All Ages in Africa

Sub-themes and Lines of Action:

1. Action for Responsibility & Accountability for RMNCAH + Nutrition +NTDs + NCDs

2. Intersectoral action by multiple stakeholders and Open Partnership

3. Health systems strengthening for UHC

4. Respect for equity and human rights and quality of care

5. Sustainable financing for primary healthcare

6. Scientific research and innovation including smart technology

7. Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation for UHC

8. Health Information, Literacy and Public engagement in the diverse African context

Why Action 3.8 Conference?

The ACTION 3.8 CONFERENCE (UHC ACTION) is needful approach to foster the effort towards achieving SDG 3 in Africa within accepted best buys for quick acceleration and impact, as well as highlighting innovative means for resource mobilisation to strengthen the health systems in the region. UHC is a political decision and stakeholder alignment around it is important and also requires reinforcement for policymakers.[2]

Secondly, ACTION 3.8 CONFERENCE (UHC ACTION) is closely related to 9 other sustainable development goals, which further emphasizes its importance in the scheme of clusters with varied social determinants.

Thirdly, as a result of the increasing population in Sub-Saharan Africa, outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola, Lassa fever and others have brought about a tragic awakening of people not just in Africa but the world in general about the crucial importance of strong health systems and global health security. Africa’s bulging young population and how best to achieve demographic dividends. This calls for the need to promote discussions that will foster the realization of Sustainable development goal 3 (SDG3) across the region.

Finally, in view of audit reports from GAVI alliance and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that has indicted governmental and non-governmental organisations in Africa, important outcomes of the ACTION 3.8 CONFERENCE (UHC ACTION) will include improved monitoring of funds expenditure by all stakeholders and development of a pre-funding corruption risk analysis template that assesses how vulnerable the sought for funds are to be diverted or misapplied.


To explore the ‘best buys’ for achieving UHC at the heart of SDG-3

To highlight innovative approaches to health care financing and policies

To promote accountability for RMNCAH + Nutrition and NCDs as critical to robust UHC delivery

To explore emerging approaches to advance quality of care to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’

To generate guidance acceleration framework for regional multi-country action around agencies and joint-learning

To achieve the best value for SDG 3 efforts in Africa.

[1] http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals/b...

[2] http://www.africahealthbusiness.com

HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT chriszielinski.com

His publications are at www.ResearchGate.net and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue