At the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2018, held in Bangkok from January 29 to February 3, 2018, Institute for Global Health Policy Research (iGHP) had an honor to host a side meeting, titled "How Can Health Data and Technological Innovations Contribute to the Next-Generation UHC for Ensuring Global Human Security?". The side meeting was co-hosted by iGHP and “The Partnership Project for Global Health and Universal Health Coverage (GLO+UHC)” (Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), National Health Security Office (NHSO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),) on January 30, 2018.
Following the welcome remarks by Dr. Eiji Hinoshita, Director-General, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, NCGM, Dr. Manabu Sumi, Director of Global Health Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Japan, gave a presentation on Japan’s Global Health Policy. He introduced several political commitments made by Japan at major high-level meetings in recent years such as the G7 Ise-Shima summit in 2016 and the UHC Forum held in Tokyo in 2017. He also articulated on Japan’s commitment towards upcoming meetings and continued intent to address global health agenda.
Dr. Yohsuke Takasaki, Chief Advisor of GLO+UHC, gave an overview of the GLO+UHC and elaborated upon the Thailand-Japan collaborative research in which iGHP is actively involved.
The first keynote presentation was delivered by Professor Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong, Chair of International Programme for Graduate Study in Epidemiology at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. He presented on the types of information required for UHC planning and key sources including vital registration, hospital records, and health financial transaction. He also stressed the importance of data readiness and openness for analysis, as well as the capacity of human resources for quality data utilization.
Professor Hiroaki Miyata, Director of Department of Global Health Systems and Innovation at iGHP followed with the second keynote presentation of the day. He introduced a new approach to designing health systems that utilizes health data effectively. This approach includes an open database system called “Person-centered Open Platform for wellbeing (PeOPLe)” that could support each individual’s health and wellbeing irrespective of their locations. He noted that health data innovation like PeOPLe would bring a paradigm shift to UHC, empowering each individual and society at large, as well as contributing to promotion of global alliance for health and wellbeing. He called this, “the next generation UHC”.
The experts from diverse sectors such as government, academia and research institutes, private sector of four countries (Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan) and two developing partners contributed to the panel discussion. They shared their experiences and expertise including eHealth update in Vietnam, stakeholder analysis in promoting evidence-based approach to health planning in Indonesia, efforts to achieve a people-centered health information system in Thailand, and the role of development partners in strengthening health systems with use of health data in resource limited countries. These speakers discussed in depth on ways to overcome challenges in collaborating with stakeholders as well as the importance and expectations for global partnerships from the perspective of human security. This event was well-received by approximately one hundred participants from various countries.
Eiji Hinoshita, Director-General, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, NCGM, Japan
Manabu Sumi, Director, Global Health Policy Division, International Cooperation Bureau, MOFA, Japan
Yohsuke Takasaki, Chief Advisor, GLO+UHC
Supakit Sirilak, Chief of Inspector General, MOPH, Thailand
Suchanya Aungkulanon, Researcher, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Luong Chi Thanh, Deputy Director General, Electronic Health Administration, MOPH, Vietnam
Defriman Djafri, Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Andalas University, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Tsunenori Aoki, Senior Deputy Director, Human Development Department, JICA
Netnapis Suchonwanich, Former Deputy Secretary-General, NHSO, Thailand
Hiroaki Miyata, iGHP, NCGM, Japan
Kongkiat Kespechara, CEO, Group 3, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, Thailand
Mukesh Chawla, Advisor to the Senior Director, the World Bank
iGHP’s input to a side meeting organized by NHSO
iGHP also had an honor of taking part in a side meeting organized by NHSO and Heart to Heart Foundation, Thailand, titled “In Memory of Dr. Sanguan
Nittayaramphong: Patient Empowerment & People Engagement for Sustainable UHC,” on January 30 at the PMAC 2018. Ms. Sangnim Lee, research fellow at iGHP served as a panelist and gave a talk on how Thailand’s Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS) has empowered people both within and outside of Thailand, how representatives of service users have been involved in improving health insurance system in Japan, and its comparison with that of Thailand. Mutual learning was promoted among panelists and participants from countries including Thailand, Japan and India on issues such as the kinds of benefits gained from people engagement in UHC implementation and ways forward.