Financing Universal Health Coverage: Opportunities and Challenges on the Road to 2030

Financing Universal Health Coverage: Opportunities and Challenges on the Road to 2030

Oct 18, 2019
02:00 - 04:00 PM

Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW - Fifth Floor
Washington , DC 20036
United States

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is high on the global development agenda and this past year has seen several global mobilizing moments and calls to action. Yet progress to date has been slow and mixed; many low- and middle-income countries are not on track to meet their commitments to the UHC2030 agenda, according to a recent World Bank report. 

​As global leaders convene for the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings in Washington DC this October, we have an opportunity to take stock of progress, acknowledge challenges, and reflect on the road to 2030 and beyond. What are key lines of action for country governments and how can development partners best support them on the path to UHC? How can we ensure greater use of economic evidence in driving public spending decisions that get countries the best value for money and health gains? The panel will explore these questions and reflect on how the international community can move the health financing agenda forward.


Henrietta Fore

Executive Director


Dr. Muhammad Pate

Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population|Director

World Bank | Global Financing Facility


Muhammad Ali Pate is the Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice of the World Bank and the Director of GFF, based in Washington DC. Dr. Pate was until recently the Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthropy, based in the UK, and prior to that held several senior positions, including that of Minister of State for Health in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was previously in the World Bank Group where he joined as a Young Professional in 2000 and worked on health issues in several regions including Africa and the East Asia and Pacific. Dr. Pate is an MD trained in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA from Duke University. Prior to this he studied at the University College London. He also has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.

Mohamed Ahmed Maait

Minister of Finance


Amanda Glassman

Chief Operating Officer & Senior Fellow

Center for Global Development