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Universal Health Coverage as a Political Choice

Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation
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Auditorium Ivan Pictet | Maison de la paix, Geneva

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According to the World Health Organisation, at least half of the world’s population does not have full coverage of essential health services. In addition, health expenses have pushed more than 100 million people into extreme poverty. On 23 September 2019, heads of states and health experts will address the importance of universal health coverage as a key target to achieving the sustainable development goal 3 on global health. In the light of this UN high-level meeting, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation, and Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Chairperson of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, will reflect on the outcomes and perspectives for universal health coverage.

The Award Ceremony for the 2019 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students, supported by the late Kofi Annan and Jenö Staehelin, will follow this conversation. The sixth edition of the Contest will award five finalist teams, one per continent, for their innovative and pragmatic solutions addressing the challenges of global health.

This event is organised in partnership with the Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre.

The oral presentations by the five finalist teams will take place on the same day from 13:30 to 16:30.