Access to health through education, training and innovation

May to October 2022 :
On-line support for project leaders

19 to 28 October 2022 :
Face-to-face support for project leaders

Available soon

Available in winter 2022 – 2023

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.).

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: 7 June to 8 July 2022 (remote)
  2. Support for project leaders by tutors + students: 5 September to 14 October 2022 (remote)
  3. Support for project leaders by tutors + students, as well as the participation of speakers: from 19 to 28 October 2022 (face-to-face)


Student testimonies

Steering Committee

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

Professor at the UGA Faculty of Pharmacy, Grenoble

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

Universal Health Coverage and Health System Division, World Health Organization

Director of the Cité de la Solidarité Internationale

ESI Director

Comité scientifique

Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the UGA Faculty of Pharmacy, Grenoble

Geneva Health Forum Director

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

Dean of the Monastir Faculty of Pharmacy, Tunisia

Director of the Antananarivo Faculty of Pharmacy, Madagascar