Advancing Universal Health Coverage as a Cornerstone of the SDGs: What is the Role of the Private Sector?

29 May 2015
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On May 19th, 2015, during the 68th World Health Assembly, Rabin Martin hosted a session entitled “Advancing Universal Health Coverage as a Cornerstone of the SDGs: What is the Role of the Private Sector?” Experts from government, NGOs, the private sector and civil society came together at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva to discussed ways to unlock the private sector’s expertise and human resources to advance the dual goals of universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Rabin Martin President and CEO Jeff Sturchio chaired the event, which began with opening remarks from Hon. Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, the Minister of Health for Botswana. This was followed by a keynote address by Dr. Stefan Oschmann, Vice Chairman & Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany, and President of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), who was introduced by Dr. Eduardo Pisani, Director General of IFPMA. The panel  included Gisela Abbam, Global Executive Director of Healthcare Government Affairs & Policy for General Electric; Dr David Evans, Scientific Project Leader for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute; and Robin Gorna, Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

To further the discussion around Universal Health Coverage, Rabin Martin released its two newest reports, the Second Annotated Bibliography on Universal Health Coverage and Health Systems Approaches to Evidence-Informed Benefits Design: Country Case Studies, at the event.

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