Everyone, everywhere — Universal health coverage


Gov't, WHO partner to spearhead attainment of universal healthcare

At least half of the world's people is now unable to obtain essential health services.

Dr Khetrapal Singh said more efforts are needed to increase human resources for health, enhance skills of health workers and aid staff retention in rural and hard-to-reach area, to ensure quality health services are available for everyone, everywhere.

Health financing is still inadequate and with significant out of pocket expenditure and physical access is fairly good but effective access remains a challenge. The recently launched strategies addressing hepatitis C and transgender Hhealthcare are just two examples of the government's commitment to profoundly improve the quality of life of previously marginalised groups within our society.

"Over the past 70 years, there have been major advances in health and health technology, including life-saving medicines for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hypertension and diabetes".

"I welcome the theme "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere" that has been chosen by WHO and others".

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Morales stressed that Cuba has much to show to the world in terms of universal coverage, a theme that defines this year's campaign for the anniversary.

The World Health Organisation was founded on the principle that everyone in the world should be able to realise their right to the highest possible level of health. It said that people displaced within the borders of their own countries are often excluded from health services and have difficulties in accessing them due to social exclusion, financial constraints, as well as cultural and political barriers.

The objective of UHC is to ensure people are protected from being pushed into poverty due to the cost of healthcare.

Access to UHC can prevent people from being pushed into poverty because they are forced to pay for the costs of their health care. "UHC cuts across all of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and brings the hope of better health and protection for the world's poorest".

UHC is feasible and can be achieved progressively, sometimes with rapid, ground-breaking strides; sometimes via gradual though crucial reform, the Regional Director said.

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