Social Participation Works: Engaging those left behind to drive UHC

How can we we engage communities and make sure no one is left behind in health governance processes, including the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage?

Held 20 May 2021, this was a virtual unofficial side event to mark the 74th World Health Assembly (#WHA74 ).

The event called for governments and global health institutions to increase engagement of communities and people living with #diseases currently being left behind in the quest for UHC.

It shared challenges faced by civil society and communities in getting their voices heard within national and global health planning and governance processes.

It highlighted innovative examples of how communities have worked as change agents, in UHC processes, which can contribute to recommendations for inclusion in the second edition of the UHC2030 State of UHC Commitment report 2021.

This NCD Alliance event was co-hosted with Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030, Communities at the Heart of UHC, Global Health Council, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, NCD Alliance, Save the Children, UNAIDS.


  • Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh (Moderator), Advisory Group Member, CSEM and Executive Director, Center for Supporting Community Development.
  • Ms. Eliana Monteforte, Director, Special Projects, Global Health Council
  • Dr. Pierre Yameogo, Technical Secretary of UHC, Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso
  • Mr.Farouk Hwedy, Migrant, Member of Red Cross Health Team, Bosnia and Herzegovina Red Cross Society
  • Mr. John Gikonyo, President, Renal Patients Society of Kenya
  • Dr. Laurel Sprague, Special Advisor, Community Mobilization, Gender, Human Right and Community Department, UNAIDS
  • Dr. Justin Koonin, Co-Chair, UHC2030 and President, ACON
  • Ms. Carthi Mannikarottu, Communications Officer, CSEM

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