FGFJ | Reaching the Underserved and Vulnerable—TB Responses as a Pathway to UHC

December 12, 2017

The Government of Japan, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UHC2030, and JICA co-organized the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum 2017 in Tokyo on December 12–15, 2017. Taking advantage of that opportunity when political leaders, heads of international organizations, NGO leaders, scholars, and other experts in the fields of global health and development were gathering in Tokyo from all over the world, the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) co-organized an official side event on the sidelines of the UHC Forum 2017, entitled “Reaching the Underserved and Vulnerable- TB Responses as a Pathway to UHC.”

With the political momentum on UHC rising, this side event explored how the TB response and the strategies to advance UHC can be aligned and leveraged to reach underserved and vulnerable populations and accelerate progress toward UHC. The discussion at this meeting sought to continue strengthening the global advocacy and political commitment on TB and UHC, building on the outcome of the Global Ministerial Conference on TB in Moscow. The outcome of this side event was also intended to contribute to the preparation of the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018. The event reviewed past experiences in TB response and current challenges in countries and communities in Asia, including the example of Japan. It also examined countries’ efforts to lessen the TB patient cost, shared insights from work being done with migrants and other underserved populations, and identified ways in which the TB strategy could align or contribute to the goal of achieving UHC at the country and community levels.

For more information, please visit the FGFJ website

Opening Remarks

Akio Okawara, President and CEO, JCIE; Director, FGFJ

Welcoming Remarks

Tamaki Tsukada, Deputy Assistant Minister for International Cooperation and Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Keynote Speech: “The Potential of Strategic Alignment of the Global TB Response and Achieving UHC”

Eric Goosby, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis

Panel One: A Political Momentum towards Universal Health Coverage and Ending the TB Epidemic

Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General for UHC and Health Systems Cluster, WHO
Keizo Takemi, House of Councillors; Sr. Fellow, JCIE; Chair, Japanese Parliamentary Caucus on Stop TB Partnership
Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Professor, Columbia University Medical Center
Christoph Benn, Head of External Relations, Global Fund

Panel Two: Strategic Alignment between the End TB Efforts and the UHC Objectives

Haileyesus Getahun, Coordinator, Global TB Programme, WHO HQ
Kenneth G. Ronquillo, Director IV, Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau (HPDPB), Department of Health, Philippines
Jacqueline Weekers, Director for Migration Health Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Maria May, Head, Executive Director’s Office, BRAC Moderator
Suvanand Sahu, Deputy Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership

Closing Remarks

Chieko Ikeda, Senior Assistant Minister for Global Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

Co-organized with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan; World Health Organization (WHO); Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Japan Anti Tuberculosis Association (JATA)