Advocating for Universal Health Coverage: A New Toolkit for Civil Society, Tuesday, 28 September 2021

22 September, 2021

Dear HIFA colleagues,

The invitation below is forwarded from the Civil Society Engagemet Mechanism (CSEM) for Universal Health Coverage. Would you like to represent HIFA in this event and share your observations with us afterwards? One message that HIFA has been promoting the past few years is that "Universal access to reliable healthcare inforamtion is a prerequisite for Universal health coverage". We published a paper on this subject last year:

If you can help, contact me:


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

8:00-9:00am New York | 2:00-3:00pm Geneva | 3:00-4:00pm Nairobi | 7:00-8:00pm Bangkok

Zoom: Register here

Translation in French, Spanish, International Sign Language with live captioning

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts around the world have made it abundantly clear that achieving health for all should be a priority for all stakeholders. Increasing access to comprehensive and quality health services through universal health coverage (UHC) is a key component of this goal, complementing important efforts to improve the social, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health.

On the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, join this discussion oncivil society advocacy for UHC and the Health for All Advocacy Toolkit, a new resource from the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM). The Toolkit will be launched online in English, French, and Spanish.

This event is co-hosted by CSEM, UHC2030, APCASO, Aidsfonds, Georgia Red Cross, Global Health Council, GNP+, IFRC, Living Goods, Love Alliance, Management Sciences for Health, NCD Alliance, UNAIDS, WACI Health, and White Ribbon Alliance Kenya.


(in alphabetical order)

Dr Justin Koonin, Co-Chair, UHC2030 Steering Committee

Justin Koonin is co-chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, of which he has been a member since 2017. He is co-chair of the WHO-hosted Social Participation Technical Network, co-chair of the SDG3 Global Action Plan Civil Society Advisory Group, and civil society representative to the Access to COVID Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) and the Health Data Collaborative Stakeholder Representative Group. He is President of ACON, Australia's largest civil society organisation working on HIV prevention, care and support, and the health of sexuality and gender diverse people more broadly.

Natia Loladze, President, Georgia Red Cross Society

Natia Loladze is the president of the Georgia Red Cross Society and a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) since 2017. She has served as the president of the National Society since 2012, prior to which she was an elected chairperson of the Georgia Red Cross Society Tbilisi branch. She is a chair of the IFRC Governing Board working group on National Society Development and Volunteering. She is an economist with a BSc in Economics from the University of Essex and a master's degree in management and leadership from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of several works in management and economics.

RD Marte, Executive Director, APCASO

RD Marteis a Filipino rights activist with a passion for human rights, sexual rights, and social justice issues. She has extensive community mobilisation and programme management experience on HIV, TB, malaria, health, health financing and rights advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region, including in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.RD serves as the Executive Director of APCASO, a regional civil society network organisation that serves as a platform for advocacy and community systems strengthening for health, social justice and human rights for the most vulnerable and marginalised populations in Asia-Pacific.

Collins Masinde, Chairperson, Youth for Sustainable Development – Bungoma Chapter

Collins Masinde is a trained social worker and passionate community advocate based in Bungoma County, Kenya. He is the current team lead at the Youth For Sustainable Development – Bungoma Chapter, a community-basedd organization that organizes social impact campaigns in governance, health, education and youth empowerment with a focus on advocating for the rights, voice and agency of those often left behind. Collins is also a climate change champion with VSO Jitolee Kenya and a youth champion with White Ribbon Alliance Kenya.

Samuel Matsikure, Programmes Manager, GALZ

Samuel Matsikure is a human rights activist who serves as the programmes manager at GALZ, an association of LGBTI people in Zimbabwe. He holds a Bachelor of Science (hons) degree in sociology and gender development from the Women's University in Africa and a diploma in systemic family therapy with Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy. He is a 2021 candidate for a master's degree in human rights, peace and development from the Africa University and a 2016 alumni of Columbia University's Human Rights Advocacy Program.

Eliana Monteforte, Director of Special Projects, Global Health Council

Eliana Monteforte is the Director of Special Projects at Global Health Council (GHC) and a CSEM Advisory Group Member. In this role, she leads special projects and partnerships including initiatives that engage U.S. grassroots organizations, policymakers and global health networks to ensure minority voices are systematically heard and included in U.S. global health policy. Eliana worked at Management Sciences for Health for over a decade where she provided project management and technical assistance support to public health institutions and civil society organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. She was formerly the Coordinator of the CSEM Secretariat.


Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,