9:00—10:00 AM Eastern Time | 2:00—3:00PM GMT

Achieving UHC Requires Disinvestment as Well as Investment: Experience of Malaysia, Iran and Uganda


  • Hanin Farhana Kamaruzaman, PhD Candidate, HEHTA, University of Glasgow, Previously: Senior Principal Assistant Director, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
  • Parisa Farokhian, Head, Secretariat for the High Council for Health Insurance, Iran
  • Sergio Torres Rueda, Research Fellow, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, LSHTM


  • Peter Baker, Policy Fellow and Deputy Director, Center for Global Development (CGD)

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, health finances around the world are under pressure from increasing demand, UHC aspirations, high debt, decline in aid and decline in economic activity. UHC plans are under threat. The World Economic Outlook projects that a third of the global economy will contract in 2023, and 38 countries are projected to have lower government revenues in 2027 compared to pre-pandemic levels, reducing the ability of governments to fund public investment on health. Therefore many countries are turning to one of the most politically difficult issues in health financing – disinvesting in low value services to release money for high priority ones. In this CGD event, experts and policy makers will discuss challenges and successes in evidence informed disinvestment from around the world, with a focus on Malaysia, Iran and Uganda.

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