Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures that all people have access to health services when and where needed without financial hardship. The delivery of these services is anchored on 3 pillars: service delivery, health financing and population coverage. Achieving UHC is one of the world nations’ targets set when adopting the SDGs in 2015. The UHC pursuit by countries is critical to improve equity in health services, provide quality services and financial protection for their populations.
This issue brief presents a summary of abstracts presented during the 8th East Africa Health Scientific Conference (EAHSC) on UHC with a focus on cascading, financing, community involvement, digital platforms, and cross-collaboration for health diplomacy towards attainment and sustainability of UHC in the region. The brief also provides key messages and recommendations from the review and synthesis of the abstracts. The Conference was held between 17-19 November 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya.