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While there is great global momentum to move towards universal financial protection, there is limited evidence on how to pursue this goal in the context of low-and middle-income countries. This thematic series, entitled "Promoting Universal Financial Protection" presents the findings of seven country case-studies that explore factors that have facilitated or hindered expansion of financial risk protection. In addition, this series includes an overview article that synthesises key lessons from experience of the seven countries. This thematic series and the case-studies were financially supported by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) and the Health Financing Department, World Health Organization. Technical support was provided by Prof. Diane McIntyre and Dr. Ayako Honda from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Dr. Kent Ranson and Dr. Bhupinder Kaur Aulakh of AHPSR. The peer review of this series is independent of the sponsors. The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this publication and they do not necessarily represent the views, decisions or policies of the World Health Organization.