Health financing towards UHC – a Health Systems Research Symposium 2018 satellite session

Published September 19th, 2018


The Swedish Government’s development agency, Sida, with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), will host a one-day satellite session on Oct. 8, 2018 at the Health Systems Research (HSR) Symposium 2018. The session is funded by Sida.

The satellite session will focus on health financing for universal health coverage (UHC). It will bring together government officials and policy representatives from Sub Saharan Africa and Asia, as well as representatives from academic institutes and global development organisations, to share practical experiences from priority setting and strategic purchasing in low and middle income countries and to promote knowledge exchange in these areas.

Panellists will include a group of countries from Sub-Saharan Africa participating in Sida’s regional health financing program, supported by CHAI, as well as governments who have worked closely with IDSI from other regions.

Satellite session format

The Satellite session will be structured around three 90-minute sub-sessions:

• Design of health benefit packages;

• Taking into account implementation and supply side constraints; and

• Strategic purchasing and resource allocation

Each sub-session will be led by two experienced facilitators, who will frame the discussions with a short introduction to the topic area, before coordinating presentations from three panel discussants. Facilitators and panellists will offer their unique perspectives and highlight lessons learned, before opening up the discussion to the audience.

Spaces are limited, to reserve a seat contact Susie Colville More information on HSR, including how to register a place, can be found at

The full session agenda can be found here. It will be updated regularly as new speakers are added to the lineup.