About Us

Social Participation for Health: Engagement, Research, and Empowerment, or SPHERE brings together civil society representatives, multilateral agencies, implementers and academics in service of health reform with a focus on Universal Health Coverage.


Our Mission and Vision

Communities and civil society are crucial for ensuring that policies and services respond to community needs, leaving no one behind. To enable their involvement, we need a shared vision that defines and shapes civil society’s and communities’ roles in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to ensure they have the ability to carry out those roles beyond 2030.

SPHERE is a consortium of actors from civil society, health, and academic organizations providing support for social participation and community action for health in and beyond the SDG context. 

To do this, we are:
Documenting the experiences of countries in promoting social participation for health
Collaborating with communities and civil society organizations (CSOs) to promote country-specific implementation models and evaluate their impact
Drawing lessons from country-specific implementation models to advance the wider UHC2030 agenda for all countries


Meet our Team

SPHERE has multiple governance structures to keep ourselves active and accountable.

We have a Core Committee consisting of representatives from the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) for UHC2030, the World Health Organization (WHO), and The George Institute for Global Health, as well as country-specific members. Currently, country-specific members represent Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) Vietnam, Health NGOs Network (HENNET) of Kenya, as well as Fundación Huésped of Argentina.

The Core Committee makes decisions to guide the Secretariat which is comprised of The George Institute for Global Health India and Management Sciences for Health (which represents CSEM for UHC2030).

Our Partners