International e-course on social health protection benefits from interventions of CONNECT senior experts

The 2022 edition of the e-learning course on social health protection entitled Addressing Inequities in access to Health Care, took place online, from the 21 February to the 08 April 2022. Developed by the ILO training centre in Turin (ITC-ILO), in collaboration with CONNECT and the P4H network, the course provided an overview of the objectives and guiding principles of social health protection, and its contributions towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the context of the SDGs and the 2030 Development Agenda. Over the course of 6 weeks, sessions covered subjects ranging from coverage and risk pooling; social determinants of health and the role of social protection; revenue collection, benefit package, extension of coverage to workers in the informal economy, migrants and refugees, purchasing, actuarial analysis in health, administration and governance.

The course welcomed over 50 participants from the different regions, who took part in sessions led by ILO experts. The course further aimed to provide both theory and practical examples by presenting country experience, good practices and challenges and lessons learned, and senior experts from CONNECT member institutions were invited as guest resource persons and provided lectures ranging from the extension of social health protection to the informal economy in Lao PDR, Revenue Collection in South Korea with a focus on Long-Term Care and of examples of adequate social health protection in Thailand.

One session of the course focused on the role of partnerships and collaboration in the context of the extension and strengthening of social health protection schemes, in which Mahidol University and the ILO presented the experience of CONNECT.