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. 

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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.

Preliminary Programme

1 November

08:00 - 08:30  Registration and coffee

08:30 - 08:40  Welcome

08:40 - 09:00  Key note: Jomo Kwame Sundaram

09:15 - 10:00  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, UNDP/New School
  • Rosalind McKenna, Open Society Foundation

10:00 - 10:30  Coffee break

10:30 - 12:00  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

12:00 - 13:00  Lunch break

13:00 - 14:30  Session 3: Trade and investment agreements and policy space for achieving universal health coverage

Chaired by David Stuckler

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

14:30 - 15:00  Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30  Film screening (TBA)

16:30  End of Day 1

November 2

08:00 - 08:30  Registration and coffee

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

  • Edwine Barasa, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Kenya
  • Robert Yates, Chatham House
  • Naoki Ikegami, Keio University

09:45 - 10:15  Coffee break

10:15 - 12:00  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

12:00 - 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, University of Oxford
  • Sidsel Roalkvam, SUM - University of Oslo

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 Inger Scheel

  • Ilona Kickbusch,The Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Seye Abimbola, BMJ Global Health
  • Salima Namusobya; Initiative for Social and Economic Rights Uganda

15:30 - 16:00 Closing remarks

16:00  End of Day 2


Please note that registration is binding. Registration to the conference is free of charge and includes coffee and a light lunch.

Register here for conference attendance

The conference will also be live streamed.

Register here for live streaming

Practical information

The conference hotel offers a discounted rate on hotel rooms: NOK1220, breakfast included. To benefit from this rate, use the code BCEN011118 before October 7 on the hotel's website (limited number of rooms at this rate). 

Tags: Global Health, Global governance, political determinants, SDGs
Published Aug. 20, 2018 11:54 AM - Last modified Sep. 19, 2018 3:55 PM