On December 12, 2012, the 67th U.N. General Assembly unanimously endorsed Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as an important step in the global fight against health inequity and poverty.
A coalition of more than 500 organizations from 100+ countries is marking 12.12.14 as the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day.
Universal Health Coverage means that every person everywhere has access to essential health services that help save lives without suffering financial hardship when paying for them. The progressive realization of UHC takes years, and there are many paths at each stage of economic development with key roles for government, private providers, and civil society. Many countries have begun the journey to Universal Health Coverage, from Mexico to Thailand, from Ghana to Rwanda.
Universal Health Coverage is key to President Obama’s global health and development priorities of ending preventable child and maternal deaths, creating an AIDS-Free generation and protecting communities from infectious disease. UHC is also key to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) mission to end extreme poverty. Despite the Asia region’s robust economic growth, over 60 percent of those in extreme poverty still live in Asia. Partnering with countries to invest in Universal Health Coverage will boost the critical economic growth and social safety nets needed to eliminate extreme poverty.
Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment Commentary, by Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
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