WHY #HEALTHFORALL?

The United Nations has adopted 17 sustainable development goals for eliminating poverty and building a more resilient planet. One of those goals includes providing universal health coverage.

Universal health coverage improves how health care is financed and delivered – so it is more accessible, more equitable and more effective.

NOBODY SHOULD GO BANKRUPT WHEN THEY GET SICK.


  • Lack of affordable, quality health care traps families and nations in poverty.
  • Worldwide, 400 million people lack the most basic life-saving health care, and 17% of people in low- and middle-income countries are pushed or further pushed into poverty (US$2/day) because of health spending.
  • Up to one-third of households in Africa and Southeast Asia borrow money or sell assets to pay for health care.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE IS ATTAINABLE.


  • 100+ low- and middle-income countries, home to three-quarters of the world’s population, have taken steps to deliver universal health coverage.
  • Countries implementing universal health coverage are seeing the benefits: healthier communities and stronger economies.
  • There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Countries are designing their own unique pathways toward health for all and exchanging lessons learned.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE PROMOTES WELL-BEING.


  • The Ebola crisis was a stark reminder of the urgent need to strengthen health systems.
  • The poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of preventable mother and child deaths, infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
  • To effectively fight these threats, we must reach everyone, everywhere, with health care.

HEALTH TRANSFORMS COMMUNITIES AND ECONOMIES.


  • Every $1 that a country invests in health today can produce up to $20 in full-income growth within a generation.
  • When health care is accessible and affordable, families can send their children to school, start a business and save for emergencies.
  • Universal health coverage pays a resilience dividend. In times of distress, health minimizes the shock to lives and livelihoods. In times of calm, health promotes community cohesion and economic productivity.

HEALTH IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE.


  • Access to quality health care should never depend on where you live, how much money you have or your race, gender or age.
  • The World Health Organization’s constitution affirms that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right.
  • More than half of the world’s countries have included the right to health, public health or medical care in their national constitutions.

Sources: World Health Organization, World Bank Group, The Rockefeller Foundation, UNAIDS, Action for Global Health, The NCD Alliance, The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health