In person (NY)&Online Seminar「GAPS in Universal Health Coverage」

Join our side-event on access to health services among migrants, during the UN High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

As the United Nations High-Level Meeting on UHC is approaching, Africa Japan Forum and APCASO are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion that aims to address the systemic barriers to accessing services among migrant workers, as a major gap in high-level discussions and policies around UHC.

The panel session will include perspectives and key-asks from representatives of migrant community networks, academia and civil society.

Event details

Date: September 21, 2023

Time: 13:00-14:30 EDT (New York) ※Sep. 22 AM2:00 (Japan Time)

Venue: Lexington Hotel (10 minute walk from the UN Headquarters)
511 Lexington Avenue At, E 48th St, New York, NY 10017, United States

Format: Hybrid (Online participation link to be shared after registration)


Key message

Migrant workers must not be left behind in pursuits of UHC and pandemic preparedness. Building on lessons from the pandemic, health policies at national, regional and global levels must be migrant-inclusive and address the needs and vulnerabilities of migrants.


  • Deliana Garcia, Chief Program Officer, International and Emerging Issues for Migrant Clinicians Network
  • Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences and Lancet Migration Chair
  • Amara Quesada, Action for Health Initiatives, Inc. (ACHIEVE), Executive Director
  • Dr Poonam Dhavan, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Migration Health Division (MHD) Director


The panel discussion aims to tackle the following:

  • Bring attention to the systemic barriers to accessing health services among migrants, as a major gap in high-level discussions around Universal Health Coverage.

  • Discuss necessary actions at national, regional and global level in adopting migrant-inclusive policies, particularly in the context of the UN High Level Meetings.

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