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 Social participation for universal health coverage, health, and well-being at the WHA77. Currently, there is a critical window to finalise the text of the resolution and secure broad co-sponsorship in advance of the WHA. 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 to support civil society actions towards building support for a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution on Social participation for universal health coverage, health and well-being. The brief provides background information on the process, summarises key advocacy asks, and identifies milestones and practical actions for civil society and communities in the lead up to the 77th WHA (WHA77) taking place between 27 May – 1 June 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) for UHC2030, one of the SPHERE partners, has also developed a toolkit which civil society can use to urge Ministers of Health to show collective leadership and support for implementing, strengthening, and sustaining meaningful social participation in health-related decisions.