Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people receive the health services they need, including curative, preventive, and promotive services, rehabilitation, and palliative care of sufficient quality to be effective, while ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship (WHO, 2015). Equity and gender seem inherent in the pursuit of UHC. The 2008 World Health Report defined universal coverage reforms as those “that ensure that health systems contribute to equity, social justice, and an end to exclusion, primarily by moving toward universal access to care and social security.” But is it always like that ?
The high-level speakers will discuss the issue of gender and equity for access to universal health coverage in Africa.
- Dr. Marie Khemesse NGOM NDIAYE, Minister of Health and Social Action (Senegal)
- Pr Nicolas MEDA, Minister, Executive Director of the Innovation Center for Development (Burkina Faso), Ministre, Directeur Exécutif du Centre d’Innovation pour le Développement (Burkina Faso)
- Mr. Samba NDiobène KA, Minister of Community Development, National Solidarity and Territorial Equity
- Roopa DHATT, Executive Director and co-founder of Women in Global Health (USA)
- Pr Estelle YOUL, Deputy Director of the Health Sciences Department, Joseph Ki-Zerbo University, CHU/Yalgado Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso)
- Mrs. Amina MAGOURI, Director of Salma Dialogue (Tunisia)
- Ms. Mariama Abdou GADO, Young Ambassador for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (Niger)Jeune ambassadeur de la santé reproductive et de la planification familiale (Niger)