Universal Health Coverage (UHC) aims to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. In the last two years, the global UHC movement has gained momentum. Today, more than 30 middle-income countries are implementing programs that should pave the path towards UHC, and many more low-and middle-income countries are considering launching similar programs. To learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments focused on promoting UHC click here. To learn more about UHC click here.
Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights- Solidarity in Purpose
UNFPA hosted "Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights - Solidarity in Purpose" on 31 March. The panelists discussed obstacles to ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, including both the financial and social barriers, and also presented some lessons learned on successful implementation of UHC that put women and children at the center.
Investing in Health: Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030
Director-General of WHO Margaret Chan, Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University Lawrence Summers, Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, UN Special Envoy for Cities Climate Change Michael Bloomberg
Convened on 11 April on the sidelines of the World Bank’s Spring Meetings, this event was co-sponsored by the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization (WHO). This high-level event identified ways in which countries can accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and emerging post-2015 targets with aligned support from the global development community and around universal health coverage. Participants included United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Group President Jim Kim, Director-General of WHO Margaret Chan, former New York mayor and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg, Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University Lawrence Summers. To learn more and view coverage of the event click here. Remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Remarks by the World Bank Group President Jim Young Kim. Remarks by the Director-General of WHO Margaret Chan.
Universal Health Coverage: How to Implement and Measure It
This event was convened on 14 April at UN Headquarters in New York. Hosted by the Permanent Mission to the United Nations of France and Japan, in collaboration with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Thailand, Benin and Chile, this event focused on successful implementation of universal health coverage in several countries.
Accelerating UHC in South-East Asia
Organized by the World Health Organization, the Conference on Accelerating Universal Health Coverage in the South-East Asia Region will be held in Paro, Bhutan, 23-25 April. The objective of the Conference is to reiterate technical concepts and to share best practices to accelerate universal health coverage, especially in low-income settings.
Health Systems for All: Campaign for Universal Health Coverage
On the 28 April, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is officially launching their "Health for All: The Campaign for Universal Health Coverage" in Kenya with the theme "Health systems strengthening for universal health coverage." The overall campaign's aim is to ensure that challenges that hinder access to quality health care are addressed and to ensure that governments and stakeholders in health services delivery prioritize strengthening infrastructure, human resource for health, and health care financing to improve service delivery. The campaign is currently supporting existing government initiatives towards universal health coverage and equitable health reform in two additional countries: Nigeria and Ethiopia. Additionally, in March, MSH launched a global civil society campaign called Health for All Post-2015, which specifies human rights and public health principles that should guide UHC at the global and country level. To learn more click here.