National Symposium on Universal Health Coverage in India
Theme: Bridging the knowledge and implementation gap
Occasion: Universal Health Coverage Day 12th December

Date: 12th December, 2016: Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Venue: Seminar Hall, Campus- 6 convention Center, KIIT, Bhubaneswar


Global Context:

Health is a right for every individual and not a privilege. Access to quality health care should never depend on where one lives, how much money one has, or one’s race, gender, age. Lack of affordable and quality health care traps families and nations to poverty. Worldwide, 400 million people lack the most basic life saving health care and 17% of people in Low and Middle income countries are pushed further in to poverty (US $ 2 / day) because of health spending.

One third households in Africa and South-East Asia borrow money or sell assets to pay for health care.  The poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of preventable mother and child deaths, infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases.

Most countries in the world are making efforts to address the issues through Universal Health Coverage. Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them. For effective UHC, there should be (i) a strong, efficient, well-run health system (ii) a system for financing health services;(iii) access to essential medicines and technologies(iv) a sufficient capacity of well-trained, motivated health workers.

Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) 3 includes a target to “achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services, and access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” UN Member States are expected to try to achieve UHC by 2030. Every year, Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) is observed on 12th December to highlight the progress, issues and challenges. About 100 + low and middle income countries, home to three quarters of worlds ‘population, have taken steps to deliver Universal health coverage. Several reviews show that Universal Health coverage is attainable by adopting different strategies covering all the dimensions of UHC. However, one size does not fit all. Each country should have its own strategy to achieve UHC.

Indian Context:

One-sixth of world’s population resides in India. Thus, India has a larger stake in Global Health by ensuring access to quality health care to its citizens. In spite of the efforts made since independence, the achievements are far below expectations. Limited prepayment mechanisms and safety nets(health insurance), low public sector expenditure on health, an overreliance on out-of-pocket expenditures to finance the costs of health care, lack of evidence based advocacy due to gaps in knowledge and implementation gaps as well have been cited as reasons for poor achievement.

In this background, School of Public health, KIIT is organizing a one day “ National symposium on Universal Health coverage”  on 12th December , 2016with the theme of “bridging the knowledge and implementation gap” using the Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) this year on 12th December as an opportunity to disseminate these gaps to the current and would be public health professionals from multiple disciplines, and other stakeholders to stimulate a thought process for action including research in UHC.

Objectives of the symposium:

  • To sensitize the stakeholders on what we know, what we do not know , what we need to know and what we need to do for Universal Health coverage
  • Highlight the gaps in knowledge and implementation of UHC in India and Odisha relating to equity in access to health services, health systems to deliver quality of services and protection against financial risks
  • Discuss way forward to address these gaps including UHC Research, taking examples of success stories of other countries in achieving UHC.

Topics to be covered:

Gaps in Knowledge and implementation gaps in:
Health systems, Health financing, Health Insurance: public and private, Reaching the unreached: strategy to deliver quality services under RNTCP, access to essential medicines and technologies, health manpower and research in UHC, lessons learnt from other countries, and actions required in Indian/Odisha context.


  • Pre symposium  assessment: Perceptions of   knowledge and implementation gaps in UHC among participants:
  • Background paper
  • Lecture-discussion, Power-point presentation, Videos, Posters, Panel Discussion, 
  • Hand outs and other reference material
  •  Post Symposium assessment: Perceptions of Gaps in UHC among participants
  •  Preparation of symposium Report, dissemination and Follow-up
  • Participants: ( 130 )

Policy makers, Administrators, implementers: District and State level, Academia: Medical Colleges, AYUSH colleges, Nursing Colleges, Pharmacy colleges, Public Health Schools, Social Science Schools, Insurance companies, research Institutions, NGOs, Multi disciplinary Post graduate students. International agencies

Registration is FREE

Resource persons: 15 Experts from Govt. of India and State government, Academic and research institutions, WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, International and National NGO

Expected Outcome:

  1. Background paper on UHC prepared and circulated
  2. Sensitisation of key stakeholders and sharing of knowledge on UHC to stimulate thought process
  3. Dissemination of knowledge, implementation gaps to act upon
  4. Identification of at least 5 UHC local and national relevant Research Topics (equity, Health system strengthening, health financing, health insurance) to undertake research especially implementation research in the health system.
  5. Symposium report prepared and disseminated widely among stakeholders.

Interested participants are requested to register their name latest by 5th December, 2016 by filling up the prescribed registration form and submitting at [email protected]