Annual report on monitoring progress on UHC and the health-related SDGs
AbstractThe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, together with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The Agenda emphasizes the need to “ensure no one is left behind”. The health goal (SDG3) aims “to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. The WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region published an analysis of the status of universal health coverage (UHC) and the health-related SDGs in the Region in 2016 and 2017. The Seventieth session of the Regional Committee for South-East Asia requested the Regional Director to “include an annual report on monitoring progress on UHC and health-related SDGs as a substantive Agenda item until 2030” (Decision SEA/RC70 (1)). The attached Working Paper was presented to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations. The HLP reviewed the paper and made the following recommendations for consideration by the Seventy-first Session of the Regional Committee: Actions by Member States Continue to develop and implement policies and strategies to advance UHC and the health-related SDGs in ways that create gains in equity and efficiency. Use progressively improved monitoring of progress on UHC and the health-related SDGs to strengthen accountability and transparency. Enhance institutional capacity to compile, share, disaggregate, analyse, disseminate and use UHC and health-related SDG data and indicators, particularly to monitor trends and assess health inequalities. Actions by WHO Continue producing the annual report, updating the report's core country data on UHC and all other health-related SDG targets using the latest and most reliable information on selected emerging trends and themes in each report. Provide technical assistance on different aspects of health systems strengthening and monitoring of progress on UHC and the health-related SDGs, including building the capacity of public health managers. Provide other opportunities to strengthen Member States' institutional capacities regarding the setting of UHC and health-related SDG targets, enhance translation and analysis of data and indicators, and improve the use of data for decision-making - through cross-country cooperation, workshops and courses - and evaluation and sharing of experience. This Working Paper and the HLP Meeting recommendations are submitted to the Seventy-first Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia for its consideration.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2018). Annual report on monitoring progress on UHC and the health-related SDGs. World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/273960