Project Description

WHO website

Background

Member States at the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) made a commitment to engage relevant stakeholders, including civil society, through establishing participatory and transparent multi-stakeholder processes for influencing policies and reviews of progress on UHC.

The ‘Handbook on Social Participation for UHC’ will provide specific best practice guidance to policymakers on how to effectively and meaningfully engage with populations, civil society and communities for policy- and decision-making.

Aims and challenges

In the health sector, Faith-based Organisations (FBOs) and religious groups have been very active in developing countries for well over a century providing health care and prevention, training healthcare professionals, assisting in resource development, and serving as a voice to the national governments to advocate for the health needs of their citizens. Well implanted and trusted by the bottom population, a good cooperation between FBOs and governmental services would be a most valuable asset to reach universal health coverage (UHC). FBOs often are the only providers of round-the-clock health services in remote or hard to reach locations and are therefore key in achieving health care for all. However, to this date FBOs remain an underused resource, despite being essential stakeholders for UHC.

Role of Ahimsa Partners

Collaborate to better understand the role of Faith-Based Organizations in Universal Health Coverage efforts by making use of the Ahimsa faith-based network to conduct targeted key informant interviews on the role of FBOs and their contribution to UHC, in order to better frame the research question of a follow-up study.