There is no question that Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a serious subject. But do we necessarily have to approach it seriously? What if, for once, we tried to move our reflections around UHC forward with a bit of humour? We invite you to be part of a competition to create funny scenarios for cartoons related to UHC. Here is how it works: you propose a scenario, and the best will be drawn by Damien Glez, renowned cartoonist, and disseminated internationally. As always, the Communities of Practice are soliciting your intellect and your knowledge, but this time alongside your imagination and sense of humour! We suspect they are equally impressive, and biting!
A bit of background…
As you probably know, since 2013 experts from the Financial Access to Health Services and Performance-based Financing Communities of Practice have been carrying out a collaborative research project in Francophone Africa with the support of the French Muskoka Fund.
The main objective of this research is to help countries move toward UHC. We have focused especially on the challenge of building on the multiple existing financing schemes that already exist in each country. The results from Phase 1 of this work were presented here.
The second phase began at the end of 2014, with some ten countries participating in the launch workshop in Rabat (l’atelier de lancement). As of today, five countries have gotten organised to participate in the second phase, and we think others will soon follow suit (contact Professor Bruno Meessen if you are interested).
Our beginning hypothesis is that there exists a “UHC system” in every country that is comprised of the Ministries, agencies, and organisations involved in UHC. In this phase, countries will assess whether the characteristics and capacities of a learning organisation are present in their “UHC system”. If so, we can begin to speak of “learning systems”.
For accessing a power point about our research and the learning UHC system concept
The very fact that UHC has to be built out of and on top of existing schemes makes it extremely complex. This means that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution and every country must capitalise on its own resources and ability to learn. Too few stakeholders understand this, we believe, so to get it on the agenda, we’ve decided to use the fabulous idea developed last year by University of Montréal and the NGO HELP (Valéry Ridde and Ludovic Queuille): to use cartoons to depict challenging situations countries are facing. The main difference we are proposing is that this time, we want cartoonist Damien Glez to draw your ideas.
What are the challenges the UHC system is facing in your country? Is it a learning system? Do the government actors who are leading the charge know how to dialogue with and involve other stakeholders (civil society, NGOs, the media…)? In your own organisation, do experts on UHC share their knowledge and experience with other team members? What analytical capacity is in place? Are there mechanisms for identifying good practices and promoting and verifying they are being applied well?
These are some of the questions we are asking through Phase 2 of our collaborative research project, and which may inspire you for this contest (for more see the ppt). Have you got ideas of real-life situations about how the different UHC stakeholders act/interact? Edifying experiences from the field? Situations or realities that make no sense? Elements/structures that are dysfunctional? Illustrative metaphors? We want to hear your ideas!
How do I participate?
Put it on paper - describe the situation you want to share. To make a good cartoon, your idea must be clear and precise – you should be able to present the situation and describe the scenario in a paragraph. You are welcome to share documents (using weblinks) to illustrate your idea. For example, in the cartoon above, Bruno had shared his inspiration of the famous WHO UHC cube and the Rubik’s cube with the cartoonist, and Damien took it from there….
This contest is NOT limited to Africa or to members of the CoPs!! We are looking for the broadest participation possible. Damien will be more than happy to “travel” with his pen to Asia, to the Americas, even to Mars for a good scenario! Let your creativity run wild, your irony loose! You can submit as many ideas as you have!
And then what?
We hope to receive many scenarios from you. A jury made up of CoP experts familiar with UHC challenges and learning organisations will then select the best ideas to submit to the cartoonist. All those participants selected in this first round will get a prize. And it is from this pool that the cartoonist will choose what to draw. We plan to have him produce between 5-10 cartoons. Who knows, yours may be one of them, and you may have the pleasure of having your name next to Damien Glez’ signature!
Where do I send my ideas?
To participate in this competition, please send your ideas in English or in French, in a Word document (one scenario per file please) to Yamba Kafando, FAHS CoP facilitator (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will get a confirmation you’re your scenario has been received, as well as a number for that scenario.
We ask that you include your name and surname, the country in which you work, and your job title or role. This will help us to award the prize and track a few statistics for the competition.
The deadline to receive your ideas is the 30th of September 2015, midnight GMT.