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:

Women, HIV, and NCDs: Tonight 18:30 in Plenary Room 3

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[ MONDAY, JULY 21 | 18:30-20:30 in Plenary Room 3.]

Women, HIV/AIDS, and Non-Communicable Diseases: A Call to Action in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

MONDAY, JULY 21 | 18:30-20:30 in Plenary Room 3

Co-sponsored by MSH, The American Cancer Society, and Medtronic.
Join us to examine and discuss addressing HIV co-morbidities in AIDS and non-AIDS related events; the role of health systems in integrating non-communicable disease (NCD) care into HIV care models; lessons that can be leveraged and applied beyond 2015; and how primary health care models can be adapted in this context of an emerging global burden of chronic NCDs while ensuring sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency in lower and middle-income countries.
Refreshments will be served.

Moderator:

  • Dr. Jonathan Quick, President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (@MSHHealthImpact)

Panelists:

  • Bob Chapman, Director of US Government and Multilateral Global Health Advocacy, American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer)
  • Representative from FHI360 (@fhi360)
  • Sandy Thurman, Principal Deputy Coordinator for PEPFAR (@PEPFAR)
  • L’Orangelis Thomas Negron, HIV/AIDS Activist, Latin America Keynote Speaker
  • Jordan Jarvis, Executive Director, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (@NCDAction)
  • Katie Reichert, Associate Project Director of Country Programs, Building Local Capacity Project, MSH South Africa

Watch videos: Stepping up the pace for women, HIV & AIDS, and NCDs

Jordan Jarvis, Executive Director, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (@NCDAction)

Bob Chapman, Director of US Government and Multilateral Global Health Advocacy, American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer)

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #womenHIVNCDs.

Follow @MSHHealthImpact, @AmericanCancer, @PEPFAR, @NCDAction, @HIVShareSpace, @FHI360, @Medtronic.