Universal Health Care Day 2018

Yesterday was Universal Health Care Day. This years’s theme is ‘Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the Time for Collective Action’, emphasises the critical importance of strong health systems to reduce poverty, promote economic growth and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

It also seemed appropriate today to post this very short video from the World Health Organisation as a reminder that access to health for all is a basic human right. 

The NCD Alliance also published their updated policy brief, “on the mutually reinforcing agenda of Universal Health Coverage and NCDs, to mark UHC Day 2018. The brief on reflects the developments in both the NCD response and UHC agenda since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. It makes the case for including NCDs in national UHC benefit packages in order to fully achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages. 2018 is the first year that UHC Day has been formally recognised by the United Nations, and comes 10 months before the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, scheduled for the 2019 General Assembly, on 23 September.”