- GLO+UHC Project
GLO+UHC Resource Center
In January 2016 Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and National Health Security Office (NHSO) together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) launched ‘the Partnership Project for Global Health and Universal Health Coverage’ or ‘GLO+UHC’. The project aimed to promote and support global health and universal health coverage in ASEAN countries and beyond.
Japan and Thailand achieved universal health coverage (UHC) in 1961 and 2002, respectively, providing nearly the entire population of each country with access to health services, regardless of income status. Japan and Thailand gained a global reputation for successfully achieving and sustaining UHC for many decades. The two countries have worked extensively on global health issues, both at regional and international levels. They have used their wealth of experience in various issues such as provider payment mechanisms, strategic purchasing, and governance of purchasing for the benefit of many developing countries desiring to move toward UHC. Currently, the two countries are focusing on various sustainability challenges posed by demographic and epidemiological transitions.
The governments of Thailand and Japan thus started this partnership cooperation with the following three aims:
1. To improve Thailand’s UHC operation.
2. To provide technical support to ASEAN and other countries in Asia and Africa towards achieving UHC.
3. To promote UHC at the global level.
The GLO+UHC Project symbolizes a new level of south-south collaboration and networking which is striving towards strengthening UHC implementation around the world.