“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.