The Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM) is the civil society constituent of UHC2030 (formerly the International Health Partnership, IHP+), the global movement to build stronger health systems for universal health coverage (UHC). The CSEM raises civil society voices to ensure that UHC policies are inclusive and equitable, and that systematic attention is given to the most marginalized and vulnerable populations so that no one is left behind.

The CSEM Secretariat is co-hosted by Management Sciences for Health and WACI Health.

We aim to do this through:

  • Influencing policy design and implementation
  • Lobbying for participatory and inclusive policy development and implementation processes
  • Strengthening citizen-led social accountability mechanisms
  • Promoting coordination between civil society organization (CSO) platforms and networks working on health-related issues at the national, regional and global levels
  • Enabling civil society to have a voice in the UHC2030 movement

Who we are

The CSEM is a growing global civil society movement with over 1000 members from more than 100 countries. Membership in the CSEM is open to all civil society representatives advancing health, financing and governance agendas that relate to achieving UHC. CSEM also has an advisory group that links the global and national levels, ensures representativeness within the movement, sets constituency priorities based on national inputs, and acts as a technical hub.

What we do
CSEM advocates for the following in the context of health for all:

  • Increase public health financing and financial protection
  • Leave no one behind
  • Focus on health workers
  • Engage civil society and community in UHC implementation to ensure accountability

Why we do it

We believe that the pursuit of UHC must involve civil society to ensure no one is left behind. We encourage all civil society health advocates – across issue areas – to integrate UHC advocacy with disease-specific messages. This will reduce fragmentation and competition among health initiatives, promote stronger health systems, and encourage an approach based on human rights.

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For key documents guiding our work, and other resources created by the CSEM, browse our e-library. We have also collected some external UHC resources developed by partners and other stakeholders to facilitate insight of UHC issues, particularly UHC advocacy. We hope you will find these helpful, and encourage you to get in touch with us if you know of any other resources that may be useful, specifically for civil society. Please email us at

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Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 (71) 4939690

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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