Handbook on Social Participation for Universal Health Coverage: webinars and a consultation

WHO in collaboration with the Health Systems Governance Collaborative, Health System Global, the UHC Partnership, UHC2030 and the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 are hosting a consultation and webinar series on the Handbook on Social Participation for Universal Health Coverage.

Dheepa Rajan

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Social participation mechanisms are vital for responsive health reforms that leave no one behind in efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). In September 2019, member states at the UN High Level meeting on UHC made a commitment to engage relevant stakeholders, including civil society, through establishing participatory and transparent multi-stakeholder processes for influencing policies and reviews of progress on UHC.

In response to requests from Member States, WHO is developing a guidance document, the Handbook on Social Participation for Universal Health Coverage. The handbook will provide best practice guidance to policymakers on how to effectively and meaningfully engage with populations, communities, and civil society in national policy, planning, and review processes. Further information on the handbook can be found here.

We are calling upon all who interested to attend our upcoming webinars and participate in our ongoing consultation! 


Throughout the month of March and early April, WHO in collaboration with the Health Systems Governance Collaborative, Health Systems Global, the UHC Partnership, UHC2030, and the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 are hosting webinars to present the chapter findings of the handbook. Specific challenges and recommendations for organizing and institutionalizing participatory governance mechanisms will be discussed. The results of the handbook are based on peer reviewed literature and nine country case studies from across the globe. The webinars will start with a presentation followed by Q&A and discussion.

The dates for the webinars are as follows:

  • Population engagement and decision making 
    Wednesday, March 4th 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 CET
    Register for the webinar: https://bit.ly/2wmys1B
    Meeting password: Participation123
  • Representation in participatory processes
    Wednesday, March 18th 2020, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
    Register for the webinar: https://bit.ly/38HXuqe
    Meeting password: Participation123
  • Legal frameworks for participation
    Wednesday, March 25th 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 CET
    Register for the webinar: https://bit.ly/2V7SSpt
    Meeting password: Participation123
  • Capacities for mutually beneficial engagement 
    Wednesday, April 1st 2020, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
    Register for the webinar: https://bit.ly/2SXVFPu
    Meeting password: Participation123

We hope that many of you will be able to join us!

Consultation: we need your help!

In parallel to the webinars, there is an ongoing consultation where we invite all who are interested to provide input on the handbook. The Handbook is now at an advanced stage of development and your views would be useful to shape the final document. It is an especially important time to consult meaningfully with civil society and community-based organisations to ensure that the content will have traction with governments going forward. If you are interested to contribute, You may find the consultation survey here. The consultation will be open until April 10th, 2020. When you have contributed, do not forget to claim your contribution on the related Collectivity project here.


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