December 12, 2018

UHC Day – what is it?

A year ago, the WHO declared 12th December International Universal Health Coverage Day. One year on, many people across the world still struggle to get to a clinic or cannot afford the care available there.

International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on December 12th aims to mobilize stakeholders to call for stronger, more equitable health systems to achieve universal health coverage, leaving no one behind. It’s an annual rallying point for the growing global movement for Health for All, according to http://universalhealthcoverageday.org/

Citizen News Service in India reports that countries require a strong primary health care platform as the backbone of universal health coverage. “If we do not have UHC, we risk losing the gains made in fighting HIV infection, TB, malaria or any other disease control. We cannot afford not to strengthen UHC. In addition to UHC, we also need to scale up research and development of better tools to prevent infections such as HIV”.