Meeting on the results of the assessment of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the context of universal health coverage in 6 countries of the WHO European Region

WHO/Igor Vrabie

28–29 November 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

This meeting will be an opportunity for representatives from the ministries of health of Albania, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova and Romania, together with WHO experts, to discuss and review the outcomes of the recent assessments of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH).

The objectives of the assessments were to:

  • delineate which SRMNCAH services are included in policies concerning universal health coverage in each country context;
  • assess the extent to which they are available to the people for whom they are intended and at what cost;
  • identify potential health system barriers to the provision of SRMNCAH services by using a tracer methodology and equity lens;
  • highlight good practices and innovations in the health system with evidence of their impact on SRMNCAH services; and
  • identify priority areas for action and develop policy recommendations jointly with the countries to address health system barriers to the provision of SRMNCAH services.

Engaging in policy dialogue

For each assessment, a report was presented to the country’s ministry of health and key partners. These assessment reports revealed several common barriers for SRMNCAH in the context of universal health coverage, many of which are rooted in broader health system challenges. Overcoming these challenges requires joint action across programmatic areas and sectors.

This intercountry meeting, which will also bring together experts from multiple divisions of WHO/Europe, will be an important milestone in initiating and strengthening joint efforts. The objectives are to:

  • review and discuss the findings and recommendations from the 6 country reports and the synthesis report with the aim of identifying common barriers to improving SRMNCAH in the context of universal health coverage;
  • identify priority areas of action to address these barriers; and
  • make recommendations for follow-up steps to be taken at the country level and by WHO/Europe.