Make your voice heard
The case for universal health coverage (UHC) is clear. UHC ensures all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without financial hardship. It is key to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and coping with the interlocking health, humanitarian and climate crises our world faces.
Now more than ever, we need your voice to help urge decision makers to take immediate action on #HealthForAll.
How can writing a letter help?
Writing to your decision makers and government officials is an effective way to help accelerate action on UHC and share our views with those who make daily decisions on our lives. We have the power and responsibility to influence them and take an active role in shaping our country and communities.
Where do I start?
- Download the UHC Day Advocacy Letter template here. The letter is currently available in English. Additional languages will be added in the coming days.
- Identify your target decision maker. You can send letters to any government officials who make decisions about health in your country. In most countries, parliamentarians are especially critical to decision making on UHC. To identify your member of parliament, use the Inter-Parliamentary Union database.
- Customize your letter for your country’s context. Add your personal story or details specific to your country’s context. Make sure to add the date and the recipient’s name, title and address.
- Select a delivery method – and send! You can either print the letter and mail it to your representative, or download it and send it via email.
- Amplify your call on social media. Encourage others to join the effort by amplifying your call on social media and across your networks. See the detailed instructions below for suggested messaging.
See the detailed instructions below to help you prepare and send your letter.
Use the link here to download the UHC Day Advocacy Letter template in Microsoft Word format. The letter is currently available in English. Additional languages will be added in the coming days.
You can send letters to any government officials who make decisions about health in your country. In most countries, parliamentarians are especially critical to decision making on UHC, especially budgetary decisions. We encourage you to target a member of parliament or your head of state to urge action on UHC at the highest levels of government.
If your country does not have a parliamentary structure, you can write to any policymaker who serves on a health-related committee or to your government’s health ministry .
Identify a specific person and obtain their office’s email address (this information should be publicly available). For members of parliament, you can use the Inter-Parliamentary Union database to search for members of parliament based on country and chamber.
An effective letter is both factual and personal. To make the biggest impact, ensure your letter shows your knowledge of health systems but also states how this issue affects your life.
- Consider adding a personal story relevant to UHC. Remember that UHC intersects with mental health, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equity, climate change and many other issues. You are welcome to talk about how UHC sits at the heart of addressing the issues that matter to you.
- The template letter highlights six core calls to action on UHC that are relevant to all countries and contexts. However, you are welcome to add details about specific legislation or policies relevant to your context and to adjust the policy recommendations as appropriate. Remember to include the name or number of the proposed legislation or policy and explain how and why you want your representative to act on this issue.
Don’t forget to edit your letter before sending it. Double-check the facts and statistics you used and make sure they’re up to date and from reliable sources. The, if possible, have a friend, teacher, or family member read your letter and provide feedback.
You can either print out the letter and mail it to your representative or download the letter and send it via email. If possible, we encourage you to email your letter to ensure a quick delivery.
If you’re sending the letter via email, be sure to state your intention clearly in the email subject line and paste the content of your letter into the email body. Then CC firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can count your efforts in our global advocacy campaign. You’re all done!
Encourage others to join the effort by amplifying your call on social media and across your networks. Suggested social copy is below. You can add campaign hashtags as you’d like:
Suggested social content:
Half of the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services. This is a human rights violation.
This #UHCDay, I’m writing to my decision makers for urgent action on #UHC. Join me in sending a letter and make your voice heard: https://universalhealthcoverageday.org/advocacy-letter/
To achieve #HealthForAll by 2030, leaders must invest in strong health systems, increase public health financing and lower costs. Particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable.
Join me in sending a letter to decision makers for urgent action on #UHC: https://universalhealthcoverageday.org/advocacy-letter/
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to human health. It increases the risk of:
– Infectious diseases
– Natural disasters
– Food insecurity
Join me in writing to decision makers for urgent action on #UHC to protect everyone, everywhere: https://universalhealthcoverageday.org/advocacy-letter/