Joint WHO / World Bank publication of the 2021 reports on universal health coverage and financial health protection



On the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day, the World Health Organization and the World Bank cordially invite you to the joint technical launch of the “Monitoring Universal Coverage – Global Monitoring Report 2021” and the “Global Report follow-up on financial health protection 2021 ”.

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Zoom Meeting ID: 945 5717 8268 || Access code : Jerigank12

December 13, 2021

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CET


Target 3.8 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – requires that everyone can access essential health services without suffering financial hardship. Since 2015, its achievements have been jointly monitored by the World Health Organization and the World Bank with semi-annual global monitoring reports on universal health coverage and financial health protection. Previous global monitoring reports have shown continued improvements in health service coverage (SDG indicator 3.8.1), but also an increase in financial hardship related to direct health spending (SDG indicator 3.8.2). The disruption the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause to economies, households and health systems threatens to reverse hard-won gains in service coverage and further exacerbate financial hardship in health. Additionally, interruptions in data collection pose an unprecedented challenge to the monitoring of CSU itself.

Description and purpose of the event

This event presents the main findings of the upcoming Global Monitoring Reports on UHC and Financial Protection 2021, which include new estimates of pre-pandemic global and regional trends in essential health service coverage and financial hardship, a framework conceptual and initial empirical findings on the impacts of the pandemic on UHC, and policy recommendations to mitigate them. Four speakers will provide perspectives on current UHC indicators and the challenge of monitoring UHC during the pandemic, as well as the challenges – and opportunities – that the pandemic poses for UHC in India, Ghana and some countries. of the OECD.

The event is co-hosted by the WHO Division of Data, Analysis and Delivery for Impact, the WHO Division for Universal Health Coverage / Life Course and the Global Practice of World Bank Health, Nutrition and Population.


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Opening remarks:

Dr Steve Mac Feely

Dr Feng Zhao


Nelly Biondi

Dr Gabriela Flores

Dr Ajay Tandon

Dr Patrick Hoang-Vu Eozénou


Dr Winnie Yip



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