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CONNECT is a pioneering multi-stakeholder network of public institutions and non-for profit organisations in Asia Pacific region, working together to bridge the gaps in Social Health Protection.

Its mandate is to strengthen the capacity of countries in the region to develop and implement strong, sustainable and comprehensive policies, strategies and systems for Social Health Protection as a contribution to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

As a regional centre of excellence it aims to promote good practices and foster exchanges. It provides joint research opportunities, delivers short and long-term training and supports advocacy and awareness-raising efforts in the region. To increase regional capacity and knowledge on social health protection, the network promotes South-South cooperation initiatives as a complement to on-going national efforts and in support to existing national policies.