Accelerating progress to UHC in diverse contexts: Learning from levers of policy recognition and investment in family and child health and wellbeing

Meeting Organizer

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC)

Contact Person : Rintaro Mori,

28 January 2020
09:00 - 12:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 11

Open to All Participants


Policy support for progress towards UHC depends not only on the health sector, but also on consistent recognition and investment from political leaderships, sectors and stakeholders that contribute the resources, knowledge, experience and advocacy for the range of policy approaches and laws and the promotion, prevention and care activities in universal services.


This side meeting shares learning in a participatory format from an international policy analysis project covering 14 countries at all income levels on the drivers of policy support for and sustained investment in universal approaches to family and child health and wellbeing. Leading policy catalysts from these countries present and discuss with participants case studies that collectively evidence the strategic advocacy, political, legal, economic, financial, institutional and evidence levers of recognition and support for universal approaches for family and child health and wellbeing, including in response to demographic and labour changes in Japan; female genital mutilation and gender-based violence in Kenya; children’s voice in services, including for sexual and reproductive health in Norway and early child development in Brazil. As a dialogue with the challenges raised by session participants from their own experience, the learning on the drivers of policy support and investment from these and from all fourteen case studies are discussed, to review with participants the levers that enable sustained progress even in challenging conditions and the role of progressive delivery of universal health services as entry points for implementing and building confidence around further policy changes. While context dependent, the session concludes with strategic learning and sources of further information on levers of policy recognition and investment that may be adapted and applied by those seeking to accelerate progress to UHC.