Do you believe people should not be pushed into poverty for accessing health services? Do you believe in a world in which everyone can live, healthy, productive lives regardless of who they are and where they live? Do you believe health is a human right? Then you believe in Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Universal Health Coverage Day, commemorated annually on December 12, is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable, quality health care to everyone, everywhere.
This year, 2018, we talk about protecting the progress we’ve made and continuously holding leaders accountable to our shared goal: #HealthForAll. Universal Health Coverage Day provides an opportunity for us to call public attention to the human right to health, uphold past achievements and continue to build better health for all. UHC Day reminds us every year that promises need to be kept, and all countries will be held accountable to the commitments they made to deliver health for all.
“As health minister, my moral obligation is to create a momentum across the government to ensure that health is recognized as an important and basic right and that everyone has access to health services.”
Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health Afghanistan
Cordaid recognizes the need to concentrate efforts to strengthen the link between the formal healthcare system and the communities. Access to quality healthcare services that are responsive to the needs of the community and that reach the most vulnerable and marginalized first, should be the priority of every country, especially in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
To achieve this, a shift in focus from disease-specific to a system-wide approach is required. Without a basic healthcare system in place, even achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on Health and all its related targets are in jeopardy. Cordaid works continuously on demonstrating the importance of focusing on health systems strengthening to improve health outcomes of poor and vulnerable people and their communities.
Health professionals calling for action towards Universal Health Coverage
Afghan, Congolese, Ethiopian, and Sierra Leonean health professionals stand for UHC. Join them. Join us. Rise for your right. #HealthForAll #UHC
What is Universal Health Coverage?
Watch this video to find out what Universal Health Coverage really means.
What does Universal Health Coverage mean to you?
The Central African Republic is one of the poorest and unhealthiest countries in the world. Cordaid asked what Universal Health Coverage means for the people of this war-ravaged country.
Interview with Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan
Afghanistan is one of the fragile and conflict-affected countries in which Cordaid has successfully implemented health programs to improve access to basic health care. We asked Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan about the importance of celebrating UHC day and what he will do to help realize Universal Health Coverage.
#HealthForAll and the importance of Official Development Assistance
Official Development Assistance (ODA) means that the government of one country gives financial support to another country to help further its development. Why is that important to reach Universal Health Coverage? This video will provide the answer.