Today is Universal Health Coverage Day
Written by Keshia Jansen on December 12, 2017
Today, 12 December, marks Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC) which aims to ensure that everyone receives the quality health services they need.
This UHC Day marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ endorsement of universal health coverage in 2012.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, the goal of #UHC is to improve the chances of equal access to the highest level of health and well-being, without financial strain.
The Government of Japan, World Bank, WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UHC2030 and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are set to host the UHC Forum in Tokyo from 12-15 December to encourage collective action towards #HealthforAll.
In a statement, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom has said: “No one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the health services they need.”
Adhanom maintains that discrimination in healthcare prevents development.
“When people are marginalized or face stigma or discrimination, their physical and mental health suffers. Discrimination in healthcare is unacceptable and is a major barrier to development.
“But when people are given the opportunity to be active participants in their own care, instead of passive recipients, their human rights respected, the outcomes are better and health systems become more efficient.
“We have a long way to go until everyone – no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have – has access to these basic human rights.”