Universal Health Coverage Coalition (UHCC)
Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without financial hardship. With an ongoing global pandemic that has claimed millions of lives, the case for universal health coverage is clear. UHC is a moral and smart investment that can no longer wait. Everyone everywhere deserves access to quality essential health services without suffering financial hardship.
In Malawi, the Universal Health Coverage Coalition (UHCC) serves as a common platform for health stakeholders and advocates collaborating in advocacy, communication, sensitization, and lobbying activities to promote government adoption of policies and investment decisions in the health sector that are coherent with the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goal and it’s other needs. Every 12th December, advocates worldwide mobilize on UHC Day to call for strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind hence the UHCC in Malawi planned to commemorate the day as follows:
Global theme: Leave No One’s Health Behind: Invest in health systems for all.
Topic: ‘Investment in the health sector, is Malawi doing enough?’
Universal Health Coverage Day in Malawi will involve advocates engaging leaders and sharing the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, call on leaders to make smarter investments in health. The UHCC will conduct an indoor panel discussion on health financing. Specifically, the activity will involve Civil Society Organizations (represented by UHCC chair and an expert in health financing) and high-level duty bearers from the Ministry of Health (chief of health services), Ministry of Finance (planning department) Parliament (chair of the health committee). The panelists will discuss health financing strategies and alternatives in order to ensure proper investments in health. The discussions will be a milestone for lobby and advocacy for more resources to the health sector.
Objective: To lobby the government for investing more in health and allocating resources efficiently and equitably according to the health needs of Malawians.