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What collective learning for Universal Health Coverage?

International workshop at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM)

15-17 okt 2018

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Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have signaled their intention to be part of the global agenda for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The WHO and others have set the course: as an international community, we have a good understanding of the objectives to be achieved, the indicators to follow, the things not to do and the possible options. This ‘global’ knowledge does not, however, exhaust all the questions that national and international actors may have at country level. Questions are multiple and to a large extent are, and will remain, peculiar to the country’s situation. To move towards UHC, each country will have to find its own way.

In a recent article published by members of the organising committee, it was noted that this indicates that self-reliant learning will be, alongside national leadership, the most critical capacity for success in UHC. In this same article, after analyzing the situation in six French-speaking African countries, the authors noted that the operational agenda with regard to this need to build an autonomous learning capacity remains unclear, both at country and international level.

Through many activities, some classic (empirical research), others more innovative (communities of practice, platforms of exchange and collaboration ...), the group has been committed, for nearly 10 years, to what they call “collective learning for UHC”. They are of course, not the only actor engaged in this undertaking. They invite others to share the lessons learned and identify the priority action and learning agenda for the future.

Objectives of the workshop:

The two main objectives of the workshop will be to take stock of what is known and to identify an agenda for the future. It is about joining forces to build the agenda that the organisers want to implement together, including through a new entity that will bring forward the communities of practice agenda into the future.


This workshop is aimed at decision-makers, practitioners, researchers and partners directly involved in the agenda of “learning for UHC in LMICs” and who are interested in a long-term commitment to the agendas that will be covered.

How to apply:

Visit the site of Collectivity and make an account to be able to register. Candidates need to indicate the topics for which they would like to make a contribution. Support will be provided to participants from LMICs.

Language of the event will be English, with some group work in French.