Commitments

Everyone has a role to play to make universal health coverage a reality. Learn more about your leaders’ commitments to UHC, and help hold countries accountable to #LeaveNoOneBehind in advancing UHC, on UHC Day and every day.

State of Commitment to UHC

The State of Commitment to UHC brings a unique multi-stakeholder view to a simple question: Are countries acting on their commitments to UHC? The 2021 review provides an overview of key findings in 45 countries, consolidates diverse perspectives and summarizes progress, gaps, challenges and opportunities in achieving the commitments and actions for UHC.

 

Structured around the eight areas of commitment covered in the 2019 Political Declaration on UHC, this synthesis supports national accountability and advocacy efforts to ensure political leaders are held accountable for their UHC commitments.

Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2021 Global monitoring report

New evidence compiled by the WHO and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage. The organizations also reveal that more than half a billion people are being pushed into extreme poverty because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

 

The findings are contained in two new complementary reports, highlighting the devastating impact of COVID-19 on people’s ability to obtain health care and pay for it.

The Coalition of Partnerships for UHC and Global Health

Recognizing the need for greater collaboration and harmonization across health stakeholders and programmes, the Coalition of Partnerships for UHC and Global Health unites health leaders and advocates in a common goal to align advocacy and accountability efforts to achieve UHC and advance the SDGs.

 

The Coalition brings together a wide range of thematic areas, and its members include Stop TB PartnershipWHO Global NCD PlatformPartnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)the RBM Partnership to End MalariaUNAIDSUHC2030, and the NCD Alliance.

Stay Tuned for Key Coalition messages for UHC Day 2022! See Below for Key Coalition messages from UHC Day 2021: Leave No One’s Health Behind – Invest in Health Systems for All

 

Partner across sectors and stakeholders to achieve unified goals:

The Coalition stands for mobilizing multisectoral and multistakeholder action to amplify global awareness, accountability, investments, efficient health spending, strengthened health systems, and exchange of best practices and lessons learnt.

 

The global, collaboration, which leverages the strengths of diverse stakeholders – including local and national governments, the private sector, civil society, the United Nations system and more – is necessary to support countries in achieving Health for All.

 

Prioritize the most vulnerable:

The Coalition stands for a holistic, people-centred approach that respects the voices of those living with or at-risk for various diseases, and prioritizes the needs of population groups left furthest behind, in line with the principles of human rights and gender equity.

 

Although the pandemic has affected everyone, COVID-19 has forced poor and vulnerable populations into even more precarious positions. Much more needs to be done to serve and protect these groups in emergencies.

 

Reestablish trust between decision-makers and communities:

The Coalition promotes social participation in policymaking to ensure people-centred policies and action.

 

COVID-19 has magnified what’s at stake when people lose trust in their leaders and public systems to protect their health, ensure financial security and future wellbeing. Political leaders must listen and respond to the needs of communities they serve and create a conducive environment and platforms for civil society participation in decision-making with a direct impact on health.

 

Selected Commitments

using the Key Asks from the UHC Movement

In early 2019, diverse actors across the UHC movement – from parliamentarians and civil society to the private sector and academia – shared their calls to action for leaders ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. This participatory process resulted in the Key Asks from the UHC Movement, which helped influence the most ambitious and comprehensive political declaration on health in history, and informed the commitment areas in the State of UHC Commitment Synthesis.

Ensure Political Leadership Beyond Health

Commit to achieve UHC for healthy lives and well-being for all at all stages, as a social contract.

Leave No One Behind

Pursue equity in access to quality health services with financial protection.

Regulate and Legislate

Create a strong, enabling regulatory and legal environment responsive to people’s needs.

Uphold Quality of Care

Build quality health systems that people and communities trust.

Invest More and Better

Sustain public financing and harmonize health investments.

Move Together

Establish multi-stakeholder mechanisms for engaging the whole of society for a healthier world.

Gender Equality

Emphasize gender equality, redress gender power dynamics and ensure women’s and girls’ rights as foundational principles for UHC.

Emergency Preparedness

Promote strong and resilient health systems for enhancing health emergency preparedness and response.

Additional Reading

Everyone has a role to play to make #HealthForAll a reality. Learn more about your leaders’ commitments to UHC and take action to hold them accountable to the promise of health for all, on UHC Day and every day.

Key Targets, Commitments & Actions

If you’re looking for a summary of what was promised by leaders at the HLM, look no further than the Key Targets, Commitments & Actions document. You can find the full political declaration here.

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UN Secretary-General’s UHC Day 2021 Message

The pandemic has lent even greater urgency to the quest for universal health coverage (UHC). Here’s why.