World Health Day

Sunday, 7 April 2019

World Health Day 2019 will focus on Universal Health Coverage for Everyone, Everywhere

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means that all people have access, without any kind of discrimmination, to comprehensive quality services, wherever they need them, without facing financial difficulties. It requires the definition and implementation of policies and actions with a multisectoral approach to address the social determinants of health and promote the commitment of the whole society with health and well-being. UHC is not just about ensuring everyone is covered, but that everyone has access to care when they need, wherever they are.

As an expression of Health for All in the 21st century, universal health coverage requires the involvement of all sectors of society in order to combat poverty, social injustice, educational gaps, and poor living conditions, among other factors that influence people’s health.

This campaign aims to help people better understand what universal health coverage means – what services and support should be available and where. WHO 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-care 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 progress that has already been made.

For World Health Day, WHO will release its annual publication of health data, the World Health Statistics Report. The report will include information on health trends in specific areas such as newborn and child health, noncommunicable diseases, mental health and environmental risks, and also data on universal health coverage and health systems.

The day is thus an opportunity to communicate about the importance of equity in healthcare services, for not only the health of individuals, but also for the health of economies and society at large.

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