World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 each year. World Health Organisation (WHO) is focusing on universal health coverage (UHC) for this year’s World Health Day.
The strategic aim of universal health coverage is to ensure that everyone can use the health services they need without the risk of financial ruin or impoverishment, no matter what their socio-economic situation.
Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.
What is UHC?
UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
Protecting people from the financial consequences of paying for health services out of their own pockets reduces the risk that people will be pushed into poverty because unexpected illness requires them to use up their life savings, sell assets, or borrow – destroying their futures and often those of their children.
What is the aim of UHC?
- This campaign aims to help people better understand what universal health coverage means – what services and support should be available and where.
- This campaign provides visual material that helps people who have access to quality, affordable health care to understand what life is like for people without it and to advocate for equal access to care, everywhere.
- Health workers will have an important role to play in the campaign, helping decision-makers for health recognize what people need in terms of care, particularly at the primary care level.
- The campaign also presents an opportunity for ministers of health and other government decision-makers to commit to taking action to address gaps in universal health coverage in their countries, as well as to highlight the progress that has already been made.