Access to health through education, training and innovation

2023 Dates to be determined

Programme of the 2022 edition

Available soon

Word from the director

More than half of the world’s population does not have access to essential health services. More than 800 million people spend more than 10% of their budget on health. Every year, health care costs push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty, forcing them to make a terrible choice: take care of themselves or feed their families? Choose education or health care for their children? In response to this finding by the World Health Organization (WHO) in low-income countries, we have created the UHC School Lab, an intensive and innovative training school, launched in 2020 by the Grenoble-Alpes University (UGA) and the European Scientific Institute (ESI).

In this context, the mission of UHC School Lab is to help accelerate innovation in primary health, capitalise on its transformative potential, to create new knowledge and thus contribute to the progress of Universal Health Coverage. UHC is one of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for creativity and innovation to help end poverty, protect the environment and biodiversity, and ensure dignified life for all.


Emmanuel Drouet
UHC School Lab director

Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Philosophy,
Professor at Grenoble-Alpes University


About the school


Based on creativity, entrepreneurship and solidarity, UHC School Lab aims to organise an intensive and innovative training school for medico-social actors from France (Grenoble) and low-income countries (Madagascar, Tunisia, Burkina Faso). This school aims to :

  • Deliver accelerated learning training, delivered by an international consortium of stakeholders (academics, WHO experts, health students, NGO and association leaders, entrepreneurs, etc.).
  • Support, through training, initiatives emanating from medico-social actors from French speaking countries.
  • Accelerate technological and/or societal innovations in primary health.
  • Train and assist project leaders to implement simple solutions to meet needs not covered by health systems.


Each year, UHC School Lab proposes a theme according to the health needs and current events of the countries.

Theme for 2022: Access to biomedical diagnostics and treatments in the field of infectious and chronic disease (HIV, tuberculosis, covid, etc.).

Theme for 2023-2024: Develop community-based practices to promote equitable access to care for non-communicable diseases and reduce the impact of environmental factors on human health

In addition to the purely medical aspects, the project leaders will have to take into account in their reflection the societal, psychological, ethical, and human rights aspects.

The school will be organized in 3 stages :

  1. Support for project leaders by tutors (remote)
  2. Support for project leaders by tutors + students (remote)
  3. Support for project leaders by tutors + students, as well as the participation of speakers (face-to-face)


The 2023-2024 programme will be available soon.

Student testimonies

Project leaders testimonies

Steering Committee

Prof. Michel SÈVE
Dean of the UGA Faculty of Pharmacy, Grenoble

Prof. Emmanuel DROUET
UHC School Lab Director, UGA & IBS, Grenoble

Christine Demeilliers

Prof. Christine DEMEILLIERS
Professor at the UGA Faculty of Pharmacy, Grenoble

Universal Health Coverage and Health System Division, World Health Organization

Letizia LASCAR
Director of the Cité de la Solidarité Internationale

Pierre Henri Moury

Dr. Pierre-Henri MOURY
Anesthesiologist resuscitator at La Tronche Hospital

ESI Director

Comité scientifique

Geneva Health Forum Director

Estelle YOUL
Deputy Director UFR Health Sciences of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso