International Universal Health Care Day

Written: Shanerisse Tamondong

Access to affordable, quality primary healthcare is the cornerstone of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC). 

Amidst a Global Pandemic, the International Universal Health Coverage Day calls us to join hands and protect everyone with this year’s theme: “Leave No One’s Health Behind: Invest in health systems for all.” It is the annual campaign for the growing movement for health for all. It marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ historic and unanimous endorsement of universal health coverage in 2012. It further encourages diverse groups to make commitments to help move the world closer to Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

Good health will ensure that every child is being developed optimally and are able to study well, that every adult is being able to maximize their potential and are productive citizens to their communities, that developing countries are not continually impoverished by the overwhelming need to spend public resources for health service compensations.

Also, with an ongoing global pandemic that claimed millions of lives, disrupted countless lives, and left crippling effects to the vulnerable, a legitimate need for Universal Health Coverage is clear. It is also noteworthy that despite being often overlooked, Mental health is also an important element of UHC, as it is critical to people’s ability to lead a productive life.

In the spirit of a strong and equitable health system that strives to leave no one behind, let us advocate to our leaders that UHC is a moral, smart, and investment that can no longer wait.

References:

UHC Day Org (2021). Universal Health Coverage Day. Retrieved from: https://universalhealthcoverageday.org/

WHO (2021). Leave No One’s Health Behind: Invest in Health Systems for All. Retrieved from: https://www.un.org/en/observances/universal-health-coverage-day

The World Bank Group (May 19, 2021). Universal Health Coverage. Retrieved from: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/universalhealthcoverage#1

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