From capital to clinic to community: learning from each other to identify solutions to improve the implementation of UHC and PHC policies

Meeting Organizer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Contact Person : Jessica Shearer,

29 January 2020
14:00 - 17:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 4

Open to All Participants


Robust policy is a critical element to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in LMICs, but far too often action stops at policy development and adoption.  Commonly identified barriers to policy implementation include inadequate financing, sub-optimal dissemination of guidelines, and competing priorities. While there is growing understanding of the barriers to successful health policy implementation, evidence on strategies to help overcome those barriers, especially in LMIC settings, remains insufficient. 


This workshop is part of a larger initiative that seeks to identify what works to improve implementation of health policy, and to evolve practice by developing tools and strategies for policymakers, advocates, and civil society to apply to help overcome identified barriers in the implementation process. This highly participatory workshop aims to achieve the following objectives through engagement of a broad range of participants to inform the development of these tools: - Validate a preliminary theory of change for strengthening the implementation of PHC/UHC policies - Learn how to apply policy analysis approaches to understand the likely barriers to policy implementation across a range of policy issues and contexts - ‘Crowd sources’ examples of successful or failed implementation of PHC/UHC policies, and successful (or unsuccessful) strategies to overcome barriers to the implementation of PHC/UHC policies The format will include small group work, open plenary discussion, and learning from policy implementation exemplars.