Innovations for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – 2018


Innovations for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – 2018, June 11-12, 2018 at GE Campus, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

A large number of technological innovations have emerged, in recent years, aimed at addressing different health-related problems. This has raised the possibility of transformational changes that could enable health systems to make rapid progress in expanding access to effective and affordable health services, especially for the poor. Despite the potential, very few innovations have had a substantial impact at scale. The aim of the Innovation for UHC Collaboration is to find ways to leverage the transformational potential of these innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving UHC in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa. It is led by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a global centre of excellence in public health, Amref Health Africa (Amref), the leading health development NGO in Africa and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the leading centre in multi-disciplinary approaches to development. It will bring together technology innovators, investors, government officials and public and private sector health service providers to consider practical strategies for transforming health care delivery in Asia and Africa.

The launch meeting is planned for June 11-12th 2018 in Bangalore, India at the GE Whitefield Innovation Campus. With technical partners Health Systems Global and State Government representatives the aim of this conclave are to bridge capacity-gaps, initiate a south-south dialogue and identify factors facilitating adoption, usage and scaling of health innovations in LMICs (or country specific). One important focus of the discussion will be the creation of new kinds of partnership between public and private sectors covering the following areas:

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  1. Integrating/ bundling discrete innovations to improve access, delivery and affordability of healthcare services
  2. The role of regulations and regulators in encouraging the development and application at scale of innovations for meeting the health care needs of vulnerable populations
  3. Understanding demand for different kinds of health services, its implications for types of services provided and alternative approaches for financing access to these services;
  4. Private-Public sector collaborations that accelerate the adoption of new healthcare delivery models and new models of health financing;
  5. Investment and finance for the development of innovations and their integration into the provision of services at scale


The purpose of this meeting is to identify practical approaches for integrating technological innovations into strategies for making progress towards the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC).  It will address the following questions:

  • How can governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector work together to take technological and organizational innovations to scale to improve access to effective and affordable health services for poor and vulnerable populations?
  • Can collaboration between Asia and Africa accelerate the emergence of innovations and integrating them into strategies for making progress towards UHC?
  • How LMIC health systems (India SE Asia) can take low cost innovations to scale
  • Cross-country regional uptake of mature innovations
  • What kind of business models lend themselves to sustaining innovations at scale that help in delivering UHC
  • What types of investments exist in the health innovation markets today

 June 11-12, 2018 at GE Campus, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


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