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December 12, 2014 Others

Universal Health Coverage Day

 

December 12, 2014 is the two-year anniversary of a unanimous United Nations resolution endorsing universal health coverage. On the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day , GHIT Fund is joining 500+ partners around the world in support of the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day. 

 

What is Universal Health Coverage?

Universal Health Coverage means that every person, everywhere, has access to health care without suffering financial hardship.

 

HEALTH FOR ALL: Five Resons Why

1. Because no one should go bankrupt when they get sick.

  • 1 billion people lack basic health care, and 100 million fall into poverty every year trying to access needed services.

2. Because universal health coverage is attainable.

  • Countries implementing universal health coverage are seeing the benefits: healthier communities and stronger economies.

3. Because universal health coverage can help stop the world’s biggest killers.

  • The poorest and most marginalized populations bear the brunt of preventable maternal deaths and diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases (e.g., cancer and heart disease).

4. Because health transforms communities, economies and nations.

  • Money that families have to spend on health is money that can’t be spent on sending a child to school, starting a business or coping with an emergency.

5. Because health is a right, not a privilege.

  • The World Health Organization’s Constitution affirms that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right, and more than half of the world’s countries have included the right to health, public health or medical care in their national constitutions.

To know more about details, please visit Universal Health Coverage Day website.