Hybrid event at UNGA78: Accelerating progress towards health equity

18/9/2023 - News

Accelerating progress towards health equity: high-level commitments to addres inequalities in health. Hybrid event in New Yor and Zoom. 19 September 2023, at 09:30.

Akina Mama wa Afrika and Wemos warmly invite you to join us at our side event ahead of the High-Level Meetings on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPR), Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and Tuberculosis (TB). The event will be on 19 September, at 9:30 ET, in person (NYC) and online (Zoom).

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About the event

The right to health, financial justice, sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality are not siloed issues. They are interlinked! Progress towards UHC, and protection against diseases and epidemics, requires the strengthening of public health systems that give access to quality services to all – based on need, not on privilege or ability to pay. This asks for policies that are informed by the needs of populations and their intersecting vulnerabilities, sufficient public finance, and more.

How can countries deliberately set course to health equity? How can countries collaborate to ensure the furthest behind are reached? What high-level commitments will translate into progress for the most vulnerable populations? Our panel of experts and participants will reflect on these questions from their knowledge and lived experiences. Don’t miss it!


9:00 – 9:30 (in person):  Reception with coffee, tea and breakfast pastries

9:30 – 11:00: Main programme (hybrid)

  • Welcome by moderator Barbara Fienieg, Wemos
  • The missing population in the fight for the right to health Wanja Ngure, UHAI East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI-EASHRI)
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are Essential to Achieving UHC Olabukunola Williams, Akina Mama wa Afrika 
  • Ensuring equitable access to healthcare despite a modest public purse for health  – Jean Claude Mugunga, Partners in Health, University of Global Health Equity Rwanda
  • International cooperation on tax and debt matters to health equity and security  – Attiya Waris, UN Independent Expert on foreign debt, other international financial obligations and human rights, University of Nairobi
  • Discussion  with in-person and online participants

11:00 – 11:30 (in person): After-programme time for informal discussions

Co-organizers:  Akina Mama wa Afrika and Wemos, as part of the Make Way partnership. Co-sponsors: Partners in Health, University of Global Health Equity, UHAI East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, University of Nairobi, and the Women’s Major Group.

For more information, contact Barbara Fienieg (barbara.fienieg@wemos.org).

Hybrid event (NYC and Zoom) – Accelerating progress towards health equity: high-level commitments to address inequalities in health

Side event ahead of the UNGA High-Level Meetings on UHC, PPPR and TB

19 September 2023

In person (NYC)

  • 9:00-11:00 ET
  • UN Church Center, Boss Room – 777 1st Avenue, New York (Google Maps)

Online (Zoom)

  • 9:30-11:00 ET
  • 15:30-17:00 CET
  • 16:30-18:00 EAT
Register here

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