Annual report on monitoring progress on UHC and health-related SDGs
AbstractThe 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)). Certain highlights of progress are presented. More detailed information will be published in the forthcoming report, “Monitoring progress on universal health coverage and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in the South-East Asia Region: 2019 update”. The report for the Seventy-second Session of the Regional Committee will be brought out for the fourth consecutive year and will provide regionwide highlights of progress along with universal health coverage (UHC) in Member States and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicator profiles based on available data. The attached Working Paper was presented to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations. The HLP Meeting reviewed the paper and made the following recommendations for consideration by the Seventy-second Session of the Regional Committee: Actions by Member States (1) Continue to develop and implement policies, strategies and actions to advance UHC and the health-related SDGs in health systems, with a focus on the primary health care level, and address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with intensive monitoring. (2) Ensure that monitoring of UHC and the health-related SDGs is mainstreamed within national monitoring and evaluation frameworks to strengthen accountability and transparency. (3) Enhance institutional capacity to compile, share, disaggregate, analyse, disseminate and use UHC and health-related SDG data and indicators, particularly to monitor trends, assess health inequalities and take corrective measures. Actions by WHO (1) Continue producing the annual report, updating the report’s core country data on UHC and all other health-related SDG targets in health systems using the latest and most reliable data, plus providing a focus on selected emerging trends and themes in each report. (2) Provide technical assistance on different aspects of frontline health service delivery as part of health systems strengthening and monitoring of progress on UHC and the health-related SDGs, including building the capacity of public health managers. (3) Provide opportunities to strengthen Member States’ institutional capacities regarding the setting of UHC and health-related SDG targets in health systems. (4) Enhance translation and analysis of data and indicators and improve the use of data for decision-making through cross-country cooperation, training, workshops and courses, and evaluation and sharing of experiences.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2019). Annual report on monitoring progress on UHC and health-related SDGs. World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/327906