2016 theme

Leave no-one behind: Sustainable patient-centred universal health coverage for all by 2030.

2016 theme

“Achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for al”. (SDG 3.8)

In September 2015, the 194 Member States of the United Nations agreed to develop and put in place practical actions and national frameworks to achieve this and other targets, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Resolution A/RES/70/1).

On Saturday 3 December 2016, thousands of patients around the world came together to support the call for UHC for all. Sustainable, patient-centred UHC is going to need significant efforts and firm commitment over the next 14 years from the key actors in the healthcare system: governments, the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare providers, and patients’ organizations.

Patient-centred UHC means that all people, including our patient organizations and their members, receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when accessing them. The full spectrum of essential, safe and quality health services should be covered including health promotion, prevention and treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.

A patient who has access to UHC can be kept healthy and fit enough to participate in the social, economic, cultural and educational development of their country.

Only if all countries and stakeholders work together in close collaboration will it be possible to ensure that no-one is left behind. Last year’s PSD presented an opportunity to promote accountability and transparency in healthcare by holding all stakeholders accountable on commitments they have made to achieve UHC in all countries, as set out in Principle 7 of IAPO’s Principles on Universal Health Coverage.

Last year’s PSD presented a way of re-launching and further strengthening the key message that those who took part in PSD 2015 so strongly voiced: healthcare is a human right. UHC is a high-quality, effective, and fair means to promote the right to health to which every person is entitled: leave no-one behind.


Additional information

The PSD 2016 theme – Leave no-one behind – built on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Resolution A/RES/70/1), which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015. The Agenda comprises of 17 Goals and 169 Targets. Goal 3 aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. UHC (Target 3.8) represents one of the pillars on which Goal 3 builds.

The 17 goals are closely interconnected. As clearly stated by the United Nations, “The key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another”.

The theme was chosen in a vote by IAPO’s members.


What is universal health coverage?

Universal health coverage can be defined as affordable, high-quality and accessible healthcare for everyone. The following core principles of universal health coverage have been drafted by IAPO members. 

See the universal health coverage principles here.


Key messages about Patient Solidarity Day 2016

  • Leave no-one behind.
  • UHC is only truly patient-centred when health services are universally accessible, affordable, and of high quality.
  • UN member states to take responsibility for implementing robust national frameworks and appropriate measures to achieve patient-centred UHC.
  • Healthcare stakeholders to be held accountable for their commitments to achieve UHC
  • Collaborative decision-making, based on genuine patient involvement, is key to ensuring no-one is left behind.


Key messages about IAPO

  • IAPO is a unique global alliance promoting patient-centred healthcare worldwide.
  • IAPO has 276 members that span over 71 countries and 51 condition areas.
  • IAPO’s vision is that patients throughout the world are at the centre of healthcare.
  • IAPO is committed to building cross-sector alliances and ensuring that patients play an active role in decision-making processes in healthcare by working collaboratively with key stakeholders, including medical and health professionals, policy-makers, academics, researchers and industry representatives.
  •  IAPO joins its members on Patient Solidarity Day to raise awareness of the rights of patients and patient-centred healthcare throughout the world.