International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on 12 December aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to call for stronger, more equitable health systems to achieve universal health coverage, leaving no one behind. It has become the annual rallying point for the growing global movement for Health for All.
Every year on 12.12, we raise our voices to share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health and remind the world that #HealthForAll is imperative for the world we want.
Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures all people, everywhere, can access the quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It is a fundamentally political goal rooted in the human right to health. It is also one of the smartest investments any country can make.
Why Universal Health Coverage?
Health is a human right, not a privilege.
Access to quality health services should never depend on your race, gender, age, ability, wealth or citizenship. Universal health coverage leaves no one behind.
No one should go bankrupt when they get sick.
All people should be able to get the health care they need without being pushed into poverty or giving up other life necessities to pay for it.
Good health transforms societies.
When people are healthy, families, communities and economies can reach their full potential.
UHC is possible.
100+ low- & middle-income countries, home to three-quarters of the world’s population, have taken steps toward universal health coverage.
Health for All is critical to the future we want by 2030.
Achieving UHC will accelerate efforts to end extreme poverty, reduce burdens of infectious and noncommunicable diseases, promote economic growth and job creation, achieve gender equality and realize all of our Sustainable Development Goals.
Nina’s Happy Healthy Family Meal:
Nina and her family have all had different health problems, but they are now able to sit and enjoy a happy and healthy meal together. This is not the case for many people around the world, which is why universal health coverage is so important.