Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) is the central underpinning vision of UHC to build a healthier world. But to derive meaningful results, the mantra needs to be matched with action. An important challenge faced by countries working towards UHC is reaching vulnerable populations, such as, the poor, elderly, women, migrants and refugees. Such vulnerable groups often are socially and economically disadvantaged and often face multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerable groups are often “left behind” in efforts to expand coverage of health services or financial protection for achieving UHC. A series of high-level dialogues on UHC held in 2019 discussed the importance of reaching vulnerable populations.
On the timing of UHC high-level meeting and UNGA in 2019, the organizers joined to publish a book “Leave No One Behind - Time for Specifics on the Sustainable Development Goals” as a joint project between the JICA Research Institute and the Brookings Institute ( https://www.brookings.edu/book/leave-no-one-behind/).
This Side Meeting is organized to share its contents and accelerate our effort to achieve UHC without leaving anyone behind by sharing country experiences and perspectives. It consists of 2 parts:
- Part 1 is about “Primary Health Care (PHC) Oriented Health Systems - Reaching the Unreached for UHC”
- Part 2 is about “Innovative Solutions for Reaching Vulnerable Population – Creating Uniform Protocols for Assuring the Continuity of Health Care and Tracking of Refugees & Migrants in order to Reduce Loss to Follow-up due to People’s Movement”.