Universal health coverage, as a health system development goal, was articulated in the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 and was integral to the AlmaAta Declaration of 1978. Nevertheless, it has never been higher on the international health and development agenda than now.
An expert consultation on expanding universal health coverage to the informal sector and vulnerable groups in the Eastern Mediterranean Region was held in Rabat, Morocco, during March 15–16, 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a clear understanding of the informal economy and its relations with the health sector in the context of expanding universal health coverage and to identify vulnerable groups and ways of ensuring their coverage.
This report summarizes key objectives and takeaways from the meeting, and delves into the experiences different countries have faced in covering the informal non-poor.