The politics of norms integration through global health diplomacy:

examining construction, convergence, and coherence

between global health security and universal health coverage


Health systems have struggled to cope with recent health emergencies like Ebola and COVID-19. While robust literature has been written on how countries can better prepare for infectious diseases and ensure accessible health services, little has been discussed on how divergent politics and governance fragment global health policy and undermine health systems. Given increasing calls to align the key global health agendas of global health security and universal health coverage, further evidence is needed to identify areas of synergy. This research will analyse the extent of alignment between these norms at national and global levels, and synthesize resulting policy implications to guide global health agenda-setting to maximise funding, improve governance, and foster equitable and resilient health systems.