Advancing Social Participation for Universal Health Coverage – Building support for a resolution at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA)

Social participation is at the heart of the inclusive governance needed for countries to make progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC); health emergency prevention, preparedness and response; and health for all, while ensuring no one is left behind.

A Core Group of countries, under the leadership of Thailand and Slovenia, is pursuing a resolution on Institutionalizing Social Participation for Health and Well-being at the WHA77. Currently, there is a critical window for civil society to influence the negotiations and strengthen the language in the resolution. By working together to advocate to the relevant decision-makers, we can increase the chances of this resolution being approved, with our key asks included.

This advocacy brief has been developed by SPHERE and UHC2030 to support civil society actions towards these goals. The brief provides background information on the process, summarizes key advocacy asks, and identifies milestones and suggested actions for civil society and communities in the lead up to the 77th WHA taking place between 27 May – 1 June 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Within the brief, the following two documents are linked.

  1. An advocacy letter template, which we encourage civil society to use for contacting key stakeholders in their respective governments during this pivotal period;
  2. And a personalizable document outlining civil society priorities for a resolution on social participation for health.