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Health Systems Financing -The Path to Universal Health Coverage: Plan of Action

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in March 2011 in Glion, Switzerland, WHO convened a meeting of health financing experts - from partner agencies, government, civil society and academia - to consider what countries need, what is currently being done to meet these needs, what more is needed, and where WHO could provide "value added".3 This document draws on their inputs.

The next section summarizes the consensus on: what countries themselves could do to move develop their domestic health financing systems to move closer to UC; and the activities at global and regional levels that would best support the country actions. This could be considered to be the first part of a "global plan of action on financing for UC" although it stops short of outlining which of the partners will undertake the work, with time lines and budgets.

In the subsequent section, WHO outlines what it would contribute to this agenda in the form of its own action plan with targets and time lines. Budgets are not included but are in the process of being developed and discussed internally.