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Advancing Universal Health Coverage Through Research - Global Challenges

Global Challenges Visiting Expert Seminar Series

Advancing Universial Health Coverage Through Research
By Professor John Reeder, DirectorUNICEF / UNDP /World Bank / World Health Organisation

Universal Health Coverage is an essential element of the Sustainable Development Goals, but in our rapidly changing world, reaching the poorest and most vulnerable is an increasing challenge. So often, new tools and innovative solutions to controlling and eliminating infectious diseases of poverty do not have the impact they promised, due to roadblocks to delivery. Creating the evidence to provide solutions to implementation problems is a powerful way to bring research into the service of UHC. John will discuss the issues in light of TDR's achievement in this area and the intentions of the newly created Research for Health Department at WHO.

Professor John Reeder is both Director of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and of the newly established WHO Department of Research for Health, in Geneva.  His own main research interest is in malaria, and among previous roles he has been Director of the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute, Melbourne Australia and Director of the Papua New Guinea Institute for Medical Research, Goroka, Papua New Guinea.