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Reaching the Underserved and Vulnerable: TB Responses as a Pathway to UHC

November 28, 2017
Reaching the Underserved and Vulnerable: TB Responses as a Pathway to UHC

TB-flyer-212x300The 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 this 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 aimed 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 will, in turn, 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 can align or contribute to the goal of achieving UHC at the country and community levels.


Keynote speaker Eric Goosby (Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis)

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: Political Momentum towards Universal Health Coverage and Ending 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, Director a.i., 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
• 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
Date December 12, 2017 (Tue.), 3:00–5:30 pm
Venue Tokyo Prince Hotel, “Magnolia” Room (2F)
3-3-1 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo  [Map]
Co-organizers Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)/Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)
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)
Stop TB Partnership
Language English(Japanese simultaneous interpretation)
Fee Free
Capacity 130
Registration is requested and will be closed once capacity (130) is reached.