Ten Years to Go: Mobilizing the political will and resources to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030

The next year could be a tipping point for global health. Starting with the G20 Summit in Japan at the end of June, through to the UHC High-Level Forum at the next UN General Assembly this September and the SDG 10-year countdown in 2020, world leaders will be taking stock of country and global progress toward UHC and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.  In parallel, replenishments of the four major global health funding mechanisms – the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, Gavi and the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents – are taking place.  Without dramatic shifts in both domestic and international financing and policies, UHC will remain out of reach for the majority of low- and lower-middle-income countries. Carolyn Reynolds will discuss some of the major near-term risks and opportunities, and what global health advocates can do to help accelerate progress toward UHC.   

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  • About The Speaker

    Carolyn A Reynolds has been driving change in global health and development and US foreign policy for three decades. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow with The George Institute for Global Health as well as a Senior Associate with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she is serving as an expert adviser to the CSIS Commission for Health Security. She is also a consultant to the World Bank Group and other international organizations. 

    Until January 2019 Carolyn served as Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at PATH, an international non-profit organization supporting health innovation in developing countries. At PATH, she led a team of more than 40 staff across seven countries to shape evidence-based policies, strengthen partner advocacy capacity, and mobilize public and private resources to improve the health and well-being of people in low-resource settings across Asia and Africa.

    Prior to joining PATH, Ms Reynolds was a senior adviser and manager for external and corporate relations at the World Bank Group. In this role she led the Bank Group’s strategic communications and policy advocacy efforts in global health, education and human development, including to mobilize the international response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014-2016 and to increase political support and financing for universal health coverage and education for all. In earlier positions, she also shaped and led the expansion of the Bank’s global engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world.

    Ms Reynolds holds a Master’s in International Affairs with a concentration in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.