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One by One UHC Conference 2018
GLOBAL BARRIERS, synergies and opportunities for achieving universal health coverage
SEPTEMBER 24, 2018New York, NY
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How can experts from 4 major disease areas work together for UHC?

The Access Challenge held a high-level UHC conference as part of the launch of its new One by One: Target 2030 Campaign to begin a global dialogue on barriers, synergies, and opportunities along the pathway to UHC.

We convened the foremost leaders in of four disease groups together to discuss their disease-specific insights into the barriers to achieving UHC on the timeline articulated by Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The conference culminated in a high-level dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate three extraordinary UHC leaders.

The Access Challenge launched its UHC Conference 2018 report in Cape Verde at the Second WHO Afro Health Forum, in March, 2019.

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H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania (2005-2015)
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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
World Health Organization
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Ms. Kate Campana
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Access Challenge
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Dr. Chris Elias
President, Global Development Division
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Mr. Achim Steiner
United Nations Development Programme
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Dr. Carmen Villar
Vice President of Social Business Innovation
Merck & Co.
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H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda
Former President of Malawi
Mr. Pape Amadou Gaye
President and CEO, Intrahealth
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Dr. Mariam Claeson
Director, Global Financing Facility
Dr. Edna Adan Ismail
Director and Founder, Edna Adan Maternity Hospital, Former Foreign Minister of Somaliland
Mrs. Bineta Diop
AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security
Hon. Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi
Honorable Minister of State in Charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health Rwanda
  • Build a shared understanding of what constitutes accessible, quality maternal health care in different contexts.

  • Explore the integral link between technology and training in the context of health system strengthening.

  • Identify strategies for the effective use of financial resources at global and national levels.

  • Shape policy objectives that will contribute to the achievement of UHC by 2030.

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet
Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

Following the conference, panelists met again to collaborate on the following set of guiding principles for women's health in order to drive its success within broader UHC action:

Keep Maternal Health Front and Center of the UHC Conversation, Devex, 11 Jan. 2019



Dr. Henry Mwanyika
Digital Health Regional Director for Africa, PATH
Mr. Kevin Watkins
CEO, Save the Children, UK
Dr. Stefan Swartling Peterson
Chief of Health, UNICEF
Dr. Katharina Lichtner
Managing Director, Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
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Dr. Kesete Admasu
CEO, RBM Partnership to
End Malaria
  • Identify the role that siloed, disease specific funding flows have on the development of effective PHC systems.

  • Identify how to leverage external disease specific funding flows to improve PHC systems.

  • Discuss the importance of government investment in PHC systems.

  • Understand the impact of disease specific advocacy vs. advocacy for domestic investment in health.

  • Identify how to extend the PHC systems through the use of community-based health workers and through the use of broad-based maternal health education.

  • Determine how to address critical funding gaps for PHC systems and for critical diagnostic and treatment tools like amoxicillin and oxygen.

H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki
Founder/President, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Global Goodwill Ambassador, ICM
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Ms. Irene Koek
Senior Deputy Administrator for the Bureau for Global Health, USAID
Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti
Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho
Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, Former Minister of Health Rwanda
Dr. Sylvain Yuma
Secretary General for Health, Ministry of Health Democratic Republic of Congo
Dr. Luc Kuykens
Senior Vice President Global Health Programs, Sanofi

  • Consider the leading barriers to progress on achieving global NTD elimination targets by 2030. 

  • Discuss the catalytic effect of public private partnerships/alliances in making the elimination of NTDs a reality.

  • Highlight the need for national leadership to build country capacity to eliminate NTDs.

  • Discuss how to achieve programmatic integration of NTDs into Primary Health Services so as to achieve synergies, save money, and thereby ensure  universal access. 

  • Identify key policies that could contribute to the achievement of UHC by 2030.

Dr. Maria Rebollo
ESPEN Team Leader, WHO Regional Office for Africa
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Mr. David Barash
Executive Director, Global Health and Chief Medical Officer of
GE Foundation
Dr. Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH
Director of Primary Health Care, Ariadne Labs
Ms. Helen-Marie Seibel
Director of Global Community Investment, AstraZeneca
Dr. Karlee Silver
Co-CEO, Grand Challenges Canada
Dr. Joseph Lubega
Director Global HOPE,
Texas Children’s Hospital, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Identify what is being done to improve diagnosis and treatment of NCDs.

  • Outline solutions to issues of access and discuss how to make a wider variety of prevention and treatment options more readily available in Africa.

  • Discuss prevention.

  • Discuss private sector engagement. 

  • Discuss what investments can be made to address NCDs.

  • Shape policy objectives that will contribute to the achievement of the UHC 2030 agenda.

Mr. Michael Igoe
Senior Reporter, DevEx
A fundamental precondition to the achievement of UHC is leadership. The Access Challenge recognized three outstanding leaders whose extraordinary work has contributed to UHC. 
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UHC African Leadership Award

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho stands out as a leader in the drive for UHC. For 20 years she helped reshape Rwanda’s health sector, serving as executive secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission. During her tenure, HIV deaths fell by 44%, maternal mortality dropped by more than 60%, and health insurance coverage in Rwanda grew to 90%.

UHC Innovative Partnership Award

The Expanded Special Project for

Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN)

Awarded to innovative multi-sectoral partnerships, the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPENN) launched by WHO AFRO was a clear recipient. ESPEN demonstrates that innovative partnership between WHO, endemic country governments, donors, philanthropists and pharmaceutical companies can achieve the scale needed to meet NTD elimination targets.

UHC Award for Innovative Leadership

Rockefeller Foundation


The Rockefeller Foundation is a world-renowned foundation whose work building the intellectual, scientific and policy case for UHC has led to the commitment of UHC as key priority in the SDG framework. The Foundation’s support in launching the Joint Learning Network for UHC has brought together over 20 member countries and built networks of multi-sectoral leaders in service of health equity throughout the African continent.

 UHC Conference 2018
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