Supporting the extension of social health protection in South-East Asia


Project properties

RAS/17/09/LUX Asia and the Pacific Myanmar Lao PDR Viet Nam Luxembourg Completed This project is part of the Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All Outputs, outcomes and impact are identified separately by different country components


This initiative aims at increasing financial health protection in the three target countries Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam under the overall umbrella of national strategies towards UHC and the global development agenda including ILO’s Flagship Programme on Social Protection Floors. Under the regional component of the Project, a regional facility providing a platform for exchange, joint research and regional training opportunities for experts, academic institutions and practitioners in the area of social health protection, will be established, implementing a sustainable capacity building strategy. The facility will also contribute with regional experiences to global discussions while at the same time promoting South-South cooperation between the participating countries. At country level activities will be aligned with national social health protection strategies and complement initiatives of other development partners. The main effort will be placed on the development of national institutional and human resources. Technical support will focus on policy advise on extension strategies for social health protection with a specific focus on equity and providing coverage for the informal sector, on strengthening design and implementation of existing schemes through research and assessments of specific aspects of social health protection, on financial sustainability through actuarial valuations and costing studies of strategies, on strengthening capacity of stakeholders and on dissemination and advocacy on the importance of social health protection extension for poverty reduction and equitable development. The Project will have a total duration of 42 months including an inception phase of 6 months that will be used to agree with national stakeholders and the donor on a detailed work plan for each country; as well as for a better definition of the regional component. The Project will be grounded on the establishment of partnerships with other institutions, including development partners and the private sector towards the mobilization of additional resources, aiming at expanding the operation of the regional facility beyond the three initial countries.


  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • 3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all


01.11.2017 - 30.04.2022


3,014,384 / 3,029,176 Development Cooperation

Timeline of linked projects

42 RAS/17/09/LUX 11 01 2017 04 30 2022
12 01 2011 07 31 2015 GLO/11/18/LUX Supporting the Implementation of National Social Protection Floors 189
12 15 2011 07 15 2016 LAO/11/01/LUX Supporting the establishment of the National Health Insurance scheme in Lao PDR and the extension of coverage 185
01 01 2012 12 31 2013 Lao People's Democratic Republic - Social protection mechanisms strengthened and expanded, with a particular focus on the expansion of health insurance (country programme 2012-13) 298
01 01 2018 12 31 2019 Myanmar - Coverage of existing social insurance schemes extended for formal workers and their dependents (country programme 2018-19) 827
01 01 2018 12 31 2019 Viet Nam - Strengthened national capacities and knowledge base for the effective implementation of social security policies and strategies. (country programme 2018-19) 836



Medical / health care Building rights-based social protection systems Financing social protection Financial governance and sustainability/ actuarial valuations Culture of social protection National systems of social protection statistics and M&E frameworks