Leaving No One Behind in Achieving UHC : Challenges and Solutions to Reaching Vulnerable Populations (tentative)

Meeting Organizer

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Johns Hopkins University/Health Systems Program

Institute for Global Health Policy Research (iGHP), National Center for Global Health & Medicine (NCGM)

Waseda University

Contact Person : Makimoto Saeda,

29 January 2020
09:00 - 12:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 3

Open to All Participants


“Leaving no one behind” is the central underpinning vision of Universal Health Coverage (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, migrants, and women. Such vulnerable groups often are socially and economically marginalized 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. In the spirit of finding feasible and sustainable policy solutions to the challenge posed by vulnerable populations for UHC efforts, this session will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of experts to share experiences and perspectives.


1) From the perspective of countries undertaking UHC reforms, identify which vulnerable groups are being left behind and the challenges in providing coverage to these vulnerable populations; 2) Discuss and identify policy strategies for addressing challenges in ensuring the vulnerable populations are not “left behind”. In particular we focus on two broad strategies - the role of primary health care oriented health systems, and the use of innovative technology to reach vulnerable populations.