The International Universal Health Coverage Day is celebrated today on December 12. The General Assembly of the United Nations endorsed a declaration on Universal Health Coverage, reaffirming that health is a fundamental human right. Such agreement shall drive progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It emobodies a strong political vision and commitment to ensure Universal Health Coverage for all people.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared: “Universal Health Coverage is integral to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our blueprint of a better future for people and planet”. According to the UN chief, half of the world’s population still lacks access to the essential health services. Private healthcare costs result in a further burden on people living in extreme poverty.
According to World Health Organization, approximately 100 million people are still pushed into extreme poverty because they have to pay for health care. Almost 12% of the world’s population spent at least 10% of their household budgets to pay for health care.
Keep the promise
Across the world, ensuring all people can access health care is recognized as the best way to advance health and to achieve the right to it. More people are accessing essential health services, but still too many are left behind. Therefore, this year’s theme for the Universal Health Coverage Day is to “Keep the Promise”. It is evident that Universal Health Coverage is integral to delivering the SDGs. Investing more funds in health is crucial, as a better health promotes economic productivity and generates decent jobs. “Keep the promise” is a call to ensure that everyone, everywhere could access quality health services without being forced into poverty.
World Friends works in Kenya and in Italy to promote a larger diffusion of quality health coverage. The Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital was built to create a health center that granted access to medical treatments to poor and marginalized people. To celebrate Universal Health Coverage, World Friends reaffirms its commitment to ensures accessible quality health services to people regardless their status or financial barriers.