Leaving No One Behind in Achieving UHC : Challenges and Solutions to Reaching Vulnerable Populations ncluding Refugees and Migrants through Primary Health Care (PHC) and Innovation

Meeting Organizer

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Health Systems Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

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

Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (WIAPS)

Contact Person : Saeda Makimoto,

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

Open to All Participants


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 ( 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”.


(1) From the perspective of countries undertaking UHC reforms (Ghana, Sudan and Thailand), identify which vulnerable groups are being left behind and the challenges in providing effective service and financial protection to these vulnerable populations; (2) To discuss and identify policy strategies and implementation approaches for addressing challenges in ensuring the vulnerable populations are not “left behind”. In particular we focus on two broad strategies: 1) Primary health care oriented health systems: Learn country experiences of Ghana, Sudan and Thailand, and deepen the discussion on the role of primary health care systems in achieving and sustaining UHC (Part 1). 2) Innovative technology to reach vulnerable populations: Learn examples of digital technology utilization in migrant and refugee health, and discuss the challenges and opportunities that innovative technologies can accelerate partnerships and implementation for improving the continuity of health care access of politically marginalized population (Part 2).