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 Partnership, WHO Global NCD Platform, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, UNAIDS, UHC2030, and the NCD Alliance.

Key Coalition messages for 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.

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COVID-19 & UHC Policy Brief

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UHC Key Targets Commitments & Actions

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COVID-19 and Universal Health Coverage

The Asks

The action agenda developed by and for the UHC movement to drive collective advocacy efforts in the months and years ahead. The starter document behind the 2019 UHC Day campaign.

The Reality

The latest snapshot of global progress toward UHC, including how many people are getting the health services and financial protection they need, and how many are being left behind. Read civil society’s response here.

The Promise

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.

The Crisis

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

UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 and UHC

Recommended 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.

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Key Asks from the UHC Movement

The Asks

The action agenda developed by and for the UHC movement to drive collective advocacy efforts in the months and years ahead. The starter document behind the 2019 UHC Day campaign.

Key Asks from the UHC Movement

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UHC 2019 Monitoring Report

The Reality

The latest snapshot of global progress toward UHC, including how many people are getting the health services and financial protection they need, and how many are being left behind. Read civil society’s response here.

UHC 2019 Monitoring Report

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Key Targets, Commitments & Actions

The Promise

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.

UHC Key Targets Commitments & Actions

Read in: ChineseFrenchEnglishRussianSpanishArabic
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UHC Day 2019 Toolkit

The Crisis

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

COVID-19 and Universal Health Coverage

NOW LIVE: Ahead of #UHCDay, check out the new @UHC2030 synthesis on the state of #UHCCommitment around the world. The headline? Leaders must take urgent action to ensure health systems that protect everyone – now.

 

Read the full synthesis here. bit.ly/UHCCommitment

How is the world doing on its universal health coverage commitments? New @UHC2030 synthesis outlines progress, challenges & actions for #HealthForAll amid #COVID19: bit.ly/UHCCommitment

The new @UHC2030 synthesis calls on political leaders to prioritize UHC in order to:

✅ Address #COVID19
✅ Alleviate anxiety
✅ Rebuild public trust

 

How can your country meet its #UHCCommitment? Read on: bit.ly/UHCCommitment

Too often, the same communities left behind before #COVID19 are hit hardest by it.

 

Ahead of #UHCDay, @UHC2030 is calling on leaders to address long-standing injustices by creating stronger safety nets, prioritizing equity at every step. #UHCCommitment bit.ly/UHCCommitment

Has your government adopted specific UHC targets yet?

 

Ahead of #UHCDay, @UHC2030 is calling on all leaders to expand & strengthen UHC legislation and regulations, set clear targets and communicate better in order to achieve #HealthForAll. bit.ly/UHCCommitment

Every day, health workers do everything they can to reach as many people as possible with quality care. The least we can do is ensure they are supported, paid and protected.

 

Don’t take our word for it, read the new @UHC2030 synthesis on the #UHCCommitment. bit.ly/UHCCommitment

Public health & preparedness are essential public goods.

 

The new @UHC2030 synthesis calls on political leaders to invest in #PrimaryHealthCare as the first line of defense against outbreaks and the foundation of strong health systems. bit.ly/UHCCommitment

Too many civil society organizations feel they are consulted only to check a box.

 

The new @UHC2030 synthesis is clear: political leaders must build genuine partnerships with CSOs if they wish to achieve #HealthForAll. #UHCDay bit.ly/UHCCommitment

#COVID19 has shown that women and girls are still being left behind, despite being on the frontlines of health work.

 

@UHC2030 is calling on leaders to empower women and reject gender-blind policies. Our lives & livelihoods depend on it. #UHCCommitment. bit.ly/UHCCommitment

1 year into #COVID19, and what have we learned? UHC is crucial to a successful pandemic response.

 

Leaders must use UHC principles in every crisis response & build emergency preparedness into all health systems reforms @UHC2030 #HealthForAll bit.ly/UHCCommitment