Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum 2019 : SURVEY

Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum 2019 : SURVEY

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... DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 8 MAY 2019 .....
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Civil Society across the Commonwealth, supported by the Commonwealth Foundation and other development partners, host an annual policy forum addressing the theme of the annual Commonwealth Health Ministers’ meeting (CHMM) which is held each year in Geneva on the eve of the World Health Assembly. Through the policy forum, Commonwealth civil society comes together to discuss, debate, and develop consensus positions and recommendations for action on the policy issues under discussion. These positions or requests for action are then presented by civil society to Commonwealth Health Ministers at their meeting.

The theme for the 2019 Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting is: Universal Health Coverage: reaching the unreached and ensuring no-one is left behind.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines universal health coverage (UHC) as: “all people receiving the health services they need, including health initiatives designed to promote better health, prevent illness, and to provide treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care of sufficient quality to be effective while at the same time ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship (WHO 2015).” The achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a key aim of the global health agenda, and an important target of the Sustainable Development Goals. There is increasing recognition that some groups may fall behind in efforts to achieve UHC, including people living with mental and physical disabilities, young people, and women and girls. Strategies that allow inclusivity will result in improvements in health system equity and ensure no-one is left behind as countries move toward UHC.

The 2019 Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum will be held Saturday 18 May, 2.00 - 6.30 pm, at the Starling Hotel in Geneva, and will address the following issues:

- UHC and people with disabilities
- UHC and women and girls
- UHC and young people
- UHC and how development assistance can be adjusted for those hardest to reach.

To make sure that the positions and recommendations put to Commonwealth Health Ministers are reflective and inclusive of civil society across the Commonwealth you are invited to participate in the 2019 Civil Society Survey. Please contribute to this process by answering a brief survey HERE