The Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM) is pleased to announce the appointment of five inspiring civil society leaders to our Advisory Group.

Eliana Monteforte is the Director of Special Projects at Global Health Council (GHC). In this role, she leads projects and partnerships to ensure minority voices are systematically heard and included in US global health policy development and implementation. Prior to joining GHC, Eliana worked at Management Sciences for Health for over a decade where she provided project management and technical assistance support. As a native Spanish speaker and first generation Mexican American, Eliana worked in Mexico to develop and launch advocacy plans to support midwifery and improve maternal health care across the country. Her other areas of expertise include health planning and budgeting, health finance, cost revenue analysis and resource mobilization. Eliana was formerly the Coordinator for the CSEM and is thrilled to continue to engage in UHC advocacy as a CSEM Advisory Group member. Read more
Guy Bokongo is the Policy and Advocacy Country Lead at PATH in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In this role, he advocates for the prioritization of policies to support direct service provision, creating demand for vaccination, HAT (sleeping sickness), and Maternal Newborn and Child Health services, and increasing access to immunization. He also supports efforts to ensure that government and international actors are accountable to the people and communities. He is a GFF CSO technical advisor and a member of the country GFF CSO Steering Committee. He also sits on national Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) technical working groups and several sub-committees that are convened by the Ministry of Health in DRC. He previously served as a GAVI CSO steering committee member to support raising CSO voices in decision-making process for immunization. Read more
Maxwell Antwi is a Country Director at PharmAccess Foundation and a member of the WHO Roster of Experts on Digital Health. Before joining PharmAccess Group, he had worked for over a decade in senior capacities within and outside of the Ghana Health Service as a Specialist Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Healthcare Manager and a Public Health Professional. Maxwell joined PharmAccess Group in 2012 as a Senior Quality Advisor. He was later appointed as a Program Manager for the Medical Credit Fund and SafeCare in Ghana in 2013, and then as Country Director for PharmAccess Group in 2015. His current work focuses on aligning civil society voices and stakeholders for digital health innovations, health legislation and implementation of digital health interventions. Read more
Nupur Lalvani is a Global Health Advocate and the Founder Director of Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization that works in diabetes awareness and advocacy. Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation is India’s largest community led support group for people living with all types of diabetes. She has lived experience of type 1 diabetes since 1996 and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. She is associated with the WHO’s Global Diabetes Compact, the Healthy India Alliance (the India arm of the NCD Alliance) and the International Diabetes Federation. She also sits on the Key Stakeholder Advisory Group of Action for Global Health (AfGH), a membership network convening more than 50 organisations working in global health. Read more
Tara Brace-John is a Senior Advisor in Save the Children’s Health Policy and Advocacy Team, leading work on health governance and social accountability for UHC. She is responsible for identifying, supporting, and delivering research, policy analysis and targeted advocacy in this area. She also manages the team’s work with country offices on UHC advocacy and coordinates all technical support required by country offices and partners. Prior to joining Save the Children, she worked in the UK for five years on governance and inclusion with One World Action and the Dalit Solidarity Network UK. Before she came to the UK, she worked in southern India for 12 years with the Dalit community on issues of economic, social, and political exclusion, and the impact in the lives of Dalit women, youth, and children. Read more

The CSEM Advisory Group fosters civil society representation in UHC2030. The Advisory Group links the global and national levels, conveys constituency priorities based on national inputs and acts as a technical hub. The group is composed of 18 members, including 12 regular Advisory Group members, three CSO representatives and three alternate representatives to the UHC2030 Steering Committee. Selections were made from a competitive application pool of civil society representatives from around the world. The Advisory Group is a core element to further CSEM’s work in raising civil society voices to ensure inclusive UHC policies that leave no one behind.

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