On September 23, 2019, the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UN HLM on UHC) will convene under the theme “Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.” The period before and after the UN HLM on UHC is crucial for advancing dialogue, strategy, and action around UHC. Members of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM) have been advocating with their governments and other partners for an effective outcome of the HLM on UHC and for realizing UHC by 2030 as committed to in the Sustainable Development Goals. The CSEM Advisory Group engages on UHC policy advocacy at global events and other platforms, focusing on the principles of Leave No One Behind and Health For All. The group has also published articles in The Lancet as well as the World Bank Investing in Health and Women Deliver’s Deliver for Good platforms.


For informed advocacy efforts, the CSEM needs to build a strong evidence base. We invite submissions of  evidence on inequity in the accessibility of good quality health services, financial burdens, and the impact on the people who are left behind. We will start using this evidence to advocate around the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC this September.


Submission Criteria

Individuals and organizations are welcome to submit their work or work by others, as long as it is in the public domain. The CSEM is seeking submissions of evidence on inequity and how it affects specific populations based on certain factors (this may include issues arising from stigma and discrimination — for example, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, disability, religion — or based on geographical location; citizenship, educational, socioeconomic status; or living in humanitarian, urban poor or rural, remote contexts). The evidence submitted should be credible and easily verifiable and may cover one or all of the following: accessibility to services, service coverage, financial protection, morbidity, mortality, life expectancy, and primary health care. 

Examples of types of documents that may be submitted are:

  1. Peer-reviewed articles 
  2. Data showing coverage or use of healthcare in different settings that show trends or highlight issues such as inequities
  3. Case studies
  4. Country study reports
  5. Published research monograph/report 
  6. Other types of official reports.
  7. Human interest stories that may help show the human dimension of the impact of inequities and lack of access to healthcare 


The CSEM will use the evidence and stories to help inform UHC advocacy and to shine a light on those communities who are left behind. Whenever we use the evidence, the author(s) will be credited.  The CSEM will share a selection of the submitted evidence on the CSEM website. In all cases, the authors will be notified.


Please submit evidence by Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to csem@msh.org. Your submission may be in the form of an attachment, or link to a document.