Each of the proposed thematic sessions would consider cross-cutting issues such as governance and institutions, and gender considerations. They will also discuss innovations in methods and approaches towards assessing the impacts of policy reform and addressing knowledge gaps in achieving inclusive development. The thematic issues mentioned will be subsequently defined by specific sub-themes and key questions to be addressed. They will be deliberated upon in parallel sessions featuring a set of papers selected through a competitive call for papers with particular emphasis on young researchers from the Global South.
How have countries of the Global South addressed the key challenges and barriers to achieving universal health coverage?
How can health systems be strengthened to ensure equitable access to quality healthcare services so that no one is left behind?
How can digital health technologies and innovations contribute to achieving universal health coverage and improving healthcare delivery, particularly in remote areas and among difficult-to- reach communities?
What are the social determinants of health that need to be addressed to advance people’s health and especially women’s health?
How can community engagement and empowerment be effectively integrated into the implementation of universal health coverage?
What are the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, including governments, healthcare providers, civil society, and the private sector, in advancing people’s health?
How can universal health coverage contribute to achieving other sustainable development goals, such as poverty reduction, gender equality, and social inclusion?
Note: The questions given above are indicative only. Potential paper writers are welcome to contribute on additional relevant sub-themes as well.