Universal Health Coverage Day

Join the growing people’s movement demanding that every country guarantee the right to quality health care without financial hardship. This 12 December—five years after the United Nations unanimously endorsed universal health coverage (UHC)—let’s rise for our right to health and a more prosperous future for all.

Interesting reads for UHC Day

What is universal health coverage?

Author: Yanira Garcia, Global Health Analyst, ACTION

What does it mean to achieve universal health coverage (UHC)? It means resilient, equitable health systems with robust financing structures. It means people need to pay out-of-pocket for fewer health services, so the poorest are able to access more of the services they need, and even the wealthy, who may experience financial hardship in the event of severe or long-term illness, also no longer have that worry. Read more.

Suggested tweet: If we want to fight inequities and achieve #HealthForAll, we need #Finance4UHC. Retweet if you agree! #UHCDay

Sustaining progress on global health - why does transition matter?

Author: Yanira Garcia, Global Health Analyst, ACTION

While pockets of progress in access to health services have been made over the last two decades, deep concern remains around persisting and striking inequities. Malnutrition remains high: 155 million kids under the age of five are stunted. In 2016, eight countries had less than 50 percent vaccine coverage, while 5 percent of newborns worldwide remain at risk of neonatal tetanus due to failure in immunizing their mothers. Read more.

Suggested tweet: Could transition be a threat to sustainable progress towards #UHC? Ensuring #Finance4UHC promotes #HealthforAll says Yanria Garcia @ACTION_tweets

Financing UHC in India

Authors: Dhruv Pahwa, Vyoma Dhar and Natasha Godinho, Global Health Strategies

India is currently undergoing a historic transformation, as sustained economic growth moves the country steadily towards middle-income status. However, in the midst of this transition, the health and well-being of India’s citizens remains uncertain. While the economy continues to grow, there has been no significant increase in public health expenditure for a decade. In 2015–16, the government allocated 1.3% of GDP to public health expenditure. This compares unfavorably with many other developing countries including Nepal (2.3%), Bhutan (2.6%) and Sri Lanka (2.0%). The global average, too, is significantly higher at 6% of GDP. Read more.

Suggested tweet: #HealthForAll in India demands that we spend more and spend better; #UHCDay 2017 It’s time to break the cycle of ill health and poverty says Natasha Godinho @GHS #Financa4UHC