South-South Cooperation on Universal Coverage of Health and HIV Care Services

What's it all about?

Global figures on access to health care are frightening. More than a billion people are not accessing health services because the care is either unavailable, or they can't afford it. At least three billion more are paying for expensive care, forcing many to choose between health and education. The high cost of these medical bills plunge 100 million people into poverty every year.

Plugging the gap between the rich and poor in low-income countries could, it is estimated, save more than 700,000 women's lives. Investing in health care systems is essential.

In December 2012 the first UN resolution on Universal Health Care (UHC) was unanimously adopted. As Thailand is one of the few countries to have achieved a UHC system will the full engagement of civil society partners, it has been sharing its knowledge and experience with ASEAN neighbours.

UNDP in Thailand, in partnership with the National Health Security Office, the Ministry of Health's Bureau of AIDS, TB and STIs (BATS), and Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA), is supporting Thailand in sharing its knowledge on UHC - particularly its successful model of HIV/AIDS care.



What have we accomplished so far?

  • Delegates from Indonesia gained a greater insight into Thailand's UHC policy and HIV/AIDS care services during two workshops organized by UNDP Thailand in 2012 and, after requesting technical assistance from Thailand for its own UHC system, again in 2013. This offers an opportunity to demonstrate the impact of the South-South initiative and, most importantly, to support Indonesia’s national capacity development at a critical period before it embarks on implementing its own UHC system in 2014.
  • A short English video produced for UNDP Thailand drew attention to the impact of the Thai UHC system on marginalized and vulnerable groups, using HIV as an example. It was shown to policymakers at the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), which took place in November 2013.
  • Experiences and knowledge gained during the Thai implementation of UHC has been consolidated, by a Knowledge Management Committee consisting of experts in the field of UHC and HIV/AIDS, and forms the basis of a first-of-its-kind Knowledge Management Package focused on HIV/AIDS. The package, produced by UNDP in Thailand, is currently being updated.
  • Having identified universal access to ARV treatment for migrants from Myanmar as an area of potential collaboration between Myanmar and Thailand, a bilateral meeting was organized by UNDP Thailand and the Joint United Nations Initiative on Migration, Health and HIV in Asia that led to a roadmap for bilateral partnership.The two nations are now working together to ensure continuum of care for cross-border migrants becomes a reality.

Who finances it?

Total expenditure: US$ 133,341

Donors: UNDP - International Cooperation Project: US$ 78,380

Unified Budget Results Accountability Framework (UBRAF): US$ 34,961