The Red Cross approach to Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

A framework for the next decade?

Von Emanuele Capobianco

The Alma Ata declaration was instrumental to strengthen primary health care across the globe, bringing health services closer to populations in need. Much of the success of the primary health care revolution has been due to the expansion of health facilities, leading to increased access and utilization of health services. This emphasis on strengthening health systems has not been matched by an equal push to strengthen community systems, leaving many individuals out of reach of the formal health system.

A framework for the next decade?

Haiti after the eartquake 2010. Photo: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) argues that community systems are critical to reach the most vulnerable populations and should be at the core of the UHC 2030 agenda. In this presentation, the IFRC Director of Health and Care will introduce the IFRC framework to implement Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through its network of 12 million Red Cross/Red Crescent volunteers in 191 countries.

Presentation by Emanuele Copobianco at the MMS Symposium 2018  © Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland


Emanuele Capobianco

Emanuele Capobianco, (@ecapobianco) is the Director of the Health and Care Department at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). He leads a global team of health and wash experts to support 12 million volunteers in 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to build resilient communities, respond to health emergencies, and care for vulnerable individuals. Emanuele brings to IFRC 20 years of experience in policy development and implementation of health programmes in low and middle-income countries with specific expertise in fragile settings, partnerships, maternal/child health and communicable diseases. Emanuele has been Deputy Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Senior Policy Advisor at the Global Fund, Chief of Health & Nutrition in UNICEF Mozambique, and Senior Health Specialist with the World Bank. He has a Medical Degree from Italy, an Erasmus Mundus’ Master in International Humanitarian Action and a Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.



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