How Do You Transform Global Health?

At an International AIDS Conference focused on finding new ways forward in the HIV response, universal health coverage (UHC) has emerged as a promising path. Done right, UHC reforms can make health systems more fair, strengthen healthcare access for people living with HIV, and improve the sustainability of HIV financing. But strong activism is necessary to ensure that these reforms don’t just reinforce existing inequalities.

These were the messages from MSH’s panel session on UHC and HIV, cosponsored by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. The discussion, headlined by former Australian High Court justice and human rights advocate the Hon. Michael Kirby, demonstrated the key role of HIV activists—especially people living with HIV—in making UHC work at the national and global level.

The willingness of the HIV community to engage with UHC efforts continues to grow. The UHC community must respond in kind, taking on broad lessons from the HIV response. That’s what could make UHC a transformative global health agenda in the post-Millennium Development Goal era.

Here’s what the audience—in person and online—had to say about lessons from HIV for UHC:

HIV Lessons for Universal Health Coverage (#Lessons4UHC)

Post updated, July 22, 18:30.

Tweet your questions and lessons for building universal health coverage on the AIDS response to @MSHHealthImpact with hashtag #Lessons4UHC.

Tuesday: Gather for Global Health Transformation Breakfast: HIV & AIDS #Lessons4UHC

Join the conversation online with hashtag #Lessons4UHC.

Join us Tuesday, July 22, from 7:00 to 8:30 am, in room 104, for a roundtable and open dialogue/interactive session on building universal health coverage (UHC) on the lessons of HIV & AIDS response. Breakfast provided.

Global Health Transformation: Tuesday, July 22, 7:00 AM, Room 104

Global Health Transformation Satellite Session: July 22, 7:00-8:30 am, Room 104.

Organized by MSH, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), session speakers include: Hon. Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia (ret) (@HonMichaelKirby); Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (@JonoQuick, @MSHHealthImpact); Mike Podmore, International HIV/AIDS Alliance (@theaidsalliance); David Wilson, World Bank Group (@WorldBank); Patrick Bonales, GYCA (@patrickbonales, @_GYCA_); Morolake Odetoyinbo, Positive Action for Treatment Access; Jonathan Jay, MSH (@JonJayTweets, @UHCPost2015); and more.

The session will provide multiple opportunities for participants to discuss how the UHC movement can most meaningfully and effectively build upon the progress of the AIDS response.

Join the conversation online with hashtag #Lessons4UHC.

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