Salzburg Global Seminar: The Drive for Universal Health Coverage
A trained medical staff listens to the heartbeat of an infant at 16 Makara hopsital in Preah Vihear, Cambodia. The hospital attracts high quality medical staff through incentives offered by the Health Service Delivery Grant.
The drive for Universal Health Care (UHC) gained momentum when the United Nations (UN) adopted a resolution in December 2012 endorsing UHC and urging governments to provide access to affordable health care. The progressive realization of the right to health in the UN Declaration on Social and Economic Rights and General Comment 14, of which countries are signatories, is at the core of the advancement toward UHC.
The Salzburg Global Conference, “The Drive for Universal Health Coverage: Health Care Delivery Science and the Right to High-Value Health Care,” will connect a diverse and influential group of stakeholders, working on the realization of the right to health and health systems, build a shared understanding of the challenges associated with the access to high-value health services and medicines, and explore practical ways to achieve UHC.
The conference is being co-organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, and the World Bank Institute, and will be held December 8-13, in Salzburg, Austria. The participants consist of 60 creative thinkers and doers, many organized in 10 country team delegations from Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and East Asia, and include politicians and public servants, health policy makers and analysts, health practitioners and providers, economists, ethicists, representatives of patient groups, civil society, and the media.
The session will have a practical focus on implementation, with participants working in country and regional groups to explore how they can apply findings from delivery science to best address prevailing challenges and gaps in their respective countries. There will be a number of expert presentations and interviews, but the emphasis will be on facilitated discussion, case studies, role play, and practitioner-to- practitioner knowledge sharing.
This event follows the First Salzburg Global Symposium on the Right to Health and Health Systems that was held at the end of the last year. There were more than 60 participants from 22 countries at the symposium, which was jointly organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI), the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS), and the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. Over five days, participants engaged in working sessions, sharing ideas, information, and technology framed around a rights-based approach to health. They produced nine collaborative action plans to advance this approach both in their countries and globally with the spirit of being refined and implemented with the support of peers and organizers.