Strengthening Health Systems with Digital Technologies in Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic to Ensure Universal Health Coverage
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is based on the principle that individuals and communities have the right to access comprehensive and good quality health services without experiencing financial hardship. The rights-based approach lies at the core of this concept. UHC is pivotal to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. It is necessary to use modern technology in innovative ways to strengthen and reengineer processes within health systems and health care to achieve UHC. The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought health systems even in affluence countries to their knees. Digital and diagnostic technologies are playing a leading role in the response to the pandemic and understanding how these technologies could be used effectively and strategically to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and to ensure Universal Health Coverage is vital for all countries. The objective is the 2020 Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum is to discuss these issues.
This forum is usually conducted on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) and the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva in the month of May every year. This year in view of the global pandemic it has been decided to hold the event as a virtual event.
The outcome of the forum would be a policy brief that would be widely circulated to ministries of health of Commonwealth countries as well international development partners and intergovernmental agencies.