Course category: 
Instructor-led course
Course start date: 
20 February, 2023 (All day)
International Training Centre of the ILO, ITCILO

E-learning on Social Health Protection - Addressing inequities in access to health care


Covid-19 has highlighted the fundamental importance of ensuring access to health care and income security for all, especially for vulnerable groups. Although many national social protection systems have been strengthened and access to health improved, the pandemic has uncovered significant gaps and inequities in coverage that will need to be urgently addressed. This timely course focuses on health coverage within the context of national social

protection systems, including floors. The course will provide an overview of the objectives of social health protection and its contribution to reaching universal health coverage (UHC) and universal social protection (USP) in the context of the 2030 Agenda. It will examine the state of coverage and macro-trends at global and country levels, before exploring the guiding principles provided by ILO standards for the design and operationalization of social health protection schemes. The course will focus on the extension of the various dimensions of coverage and will provide insights on the technical options for coverage expansion.

This ITCILO course was developed and delivered in partnership with the ILO, Connect and P4H

Languages: English and French


Who takes this course?

The course is designed for executives, managers, planners, financial officers and other professionals responsible for healthcare and social health insurance schemes, in both governmental and non-governmental sectors. Representatives of employers and workers organizations are particularly welcome. The course primarily addresses the needs of practitioners and policymakers; however, individuals working in research roles within health financing systems will also benefit from participating in this training activity.

The following requirements are therefore essential to participate in this course:

  • the ability to use and access a computer with internet
  • working knowledge of written English or French.


What will I learn?

  • Global frameworks and strategies: to help contextualise national social health protection strategies and programmes.
  • Coverage extension and pooling: understand different approaches and technical options for extending coverage – especially to informal workers – and broadening risk pooling.
  • Revenue collection: explore, analyse and compare different models for revenue collection with practical examples and case studies.
  • Benefit packages: understand the formulation process – selecting a range of health interventions and cost coverage.
  • Purchasing: learn about different approaches to purchasing health services in the context of social health protection schemes.
  • Governance and administration: understand the importance of robust governance, management and administration of social health protection programmes to leverage the resources and structures offered by broader social protection and health systems.
  • Sustainable financing: to inform medium and longer term financing strategies for social health protection in the context of public financial management and social budgeting.


** Please note that the e-course described on this page is not free. **