The Political Origins of Health Inequities and Universal Health Coverage

The Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health organizes its first annual international conference in Oslo. 

About the Conference

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is arguably one of the most important targets in the Sustainable Development Goals framework, in that its achievement is basic to other targets and goals. It is therefore not surprising that this challenge has received priority attention in global debates.

However, much of that debate has focused on national health systems, and particularly issues of financing and benefits. Little attention has been given to policies outside of the health sector, as key factors that play an important role in achieving UHC.

This conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, activists and business people from around the world who are engaged in cutting edge work on issues related to the theme of the conference.

The conference on social media

Join the debate on Twitter using the #UHCpolitics. It will also be a way to engage people following the conference on live streaming!

Preliminary Programme

1 November

08:30 - 09:00  Registration and coffee

09:00 - 09:10  Welcome

09:10 - 09:30  Key note: Jomo Kwame Sundaram

09:30 - 11:00  Session 1: The Lancet/University of Oslo Commission on the Global Governance for Health: Political Origins of Health Inequities - challenges for UHC

Chaired by Desmond McNeill

  • David McCoy, Queen Mary University London
  • Ole Petter Ottersen, Karolinska University
  • Judit Rius Sanjuan, UNDP
  • Rosalind McKenna, Open Society Foundation

11:00 - 11:30  Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00  Session 2: National struggles for health equity and universal health coverage: political drivers 

Chaired by Jashodhara Dasgupta

  • Anne-Emanuelle Birn, University of Toronto
  • Ramya Kumar, University of Jaffna
  • Cristiani Vieira Machado, Fiocruz
  • Ruth Prince, University of Oslo

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch break

14:00 - 15:30  Session 3: Trade and investment agreements and policy space for achieving universal health coverage

Chaired by Ted Schrecker

  • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, New School
  • Susan Sell, Australian National University
  • Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University
  • Sanya Reid Smith, Third World Network

15:30 - 16:00  Coffee break

16:00 - 17:45 Screening of the film Pili, produced by Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University London

19:00 - 23:00 Conference reception at Frokostkjelleren

Frokostkjelleren is located in the University buildings in the city centre of Oslo. Address: Karl Johans gate 47. It is a 5 minutes' walk from the conference hotel. Walking directions in Google Maps

Please register for the reception:

November 2

08:30 - 09:45  Session 4: Public or private financing for UHC? The consequences for health equity

Chaired by Naoko Yamamoto, World Health Organization, Assistant Director-General for Universal Health Coverage

  • Edwine Barasa, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Kenya
  • Robert Yates, Chatham House
  • Naoki Ikegami, St Luke's International University (Japan)
  • Anna Marriott, Oxfam

09:45 - 10:00 Coffee break

10:00 - 11:30 Session 5: Philanthropy, corporations and NGOs: implications for health equity

Chaired by Sridhar Venkatapuram

  • James Pfeiffer, University of Washington
  • Nora Kenworthy, University of Washington
  • Susan Erikson, Simon Fraser University
  • Manjari Mahajan, New School
  • Katerini Storeng, SUM - University of Oslo

11:30 - 13:00  Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00  Session 6: Political determinants of health inequalities in global governance: conceptual exploration

Chaired by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

  • Suerie Moon, The Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Alexander E. Kentikelenis, Bocconi University
  • Sidsel Roalkvam, SUM - University of Oslo
  • Ted Schrecker, Newcastle University

14:00 - 14:30  Coffee break

14:30 - 15:30  Session 7: Addressing the political determinants of health inequities in the policies towards UHC – future agenda for research and policy

Chaired by Katerini Storeng

  • Seye Abimbola, BMJ Global Health
  • Salima Namusobya, Initiative for Social and Economic Rights Uganda
  • Tammy Boyce, WHO European Office for Investment for Health & Development

  • Ilona Kickbusch, The Graduate Institute Geneva & UHC2030

15:30 - 16:00 Closing remarks/Keynote

  • Naoko Yamamoto, World Health Organization, Assistant Director-General for Universal Health Coverage - representing Dr Tedros, Director General of the World Health Organization
  • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Director of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health

16:00  End of the conference


We apologize, but the registration list is full.Please register on the waiting list and we will let you know asap if a place gets free.

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The conference will also be live streamed.

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Tags: Global Health, Global governance, political determinants, SDGs
Published Aug. 20, 2018 11:54 AM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2020 5:06 PM