Addressing equity is central to the goals of universal health coverage. “Leaving no one behind” is central to the achievement of the SDGs and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030. By 2020, one third of the 15-year time frame will have passed, and it is timely to critically analyze progress towards the ambitious global goals of reaching every woman, child and adolescent with effective interventions and equity in health. The side meeting will have 3 parts:
• Interactive polling with the session participants on their perceptions of progress towards UHC for women, children and adolescents;
• Synthesis of the main findings of 12 research studies that have been conducted on progress towards UHC for women, children and adolescents
• Panel debate on critical implications from the assessment of progress towards health equity and UHC in the first 5 years of the SDGs, including government, civil society, UN agencies and academic institutions.
The side event is linked to the launch of the BMJ supplement on “Leaving no woman, no child, no adolescent behind: progress towards the 2030 health goals” during the PMAC. This supplement presents original analyses that focus on the progress and lessons learned in reducing health inequities during the decade 2010-2020.