Join us as we count down to UHC Day 2021! Get ready to call for investments in strong health systems that leave no one behind this 12.12.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an ongoing reckoning for health systems around the world. We’ve seen time and again that health is foundational to progress across all of the Sustainable Development Goals, from gender equality to education to poverty alleviation. The case for UHC has never been stronger.
No matter where you are in the world, you can join UHC Day 2021 to demand change and call on leaders to invest in strong, equitable systems that leave no one’s health behind. UHC is vital for an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an equitable global recovery, so we can all get better faster, together.
We asked health and development leaders from civil society, national governments, and multilateral organizations around the world what “Health for All” means to them. Their responses illustrate why it is critical to achieve universal health coverage and why we must invest in health systems that leave no one behind.
As many in the world still face grave uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal of the 2021 global UHC Day Virtual Rally is to allow everyone to show support for #HealthForAll in ways that are safe for them.
WHAT: This year’s UHC Day campaign will culminate in a 24-hour virtual rally on 12 December, with a live updating digital gallery capturing those who engage using the #UHCDay hashtag.
WHEN: 12.12 UHC Day, across the 24-hours in your time zone.
WHERE: All over the world, flooding the hashtag #UHCDay on social media.
HOW: There are three ways to join the #UHCDay virtual rally based on what is most exciting and feasible for you. No matter how you choose to engage, make sure to get your colleagues, family, friends and networks involved, and share your engagement with the hashtag #UHCDay.
Make your voice heard – ask governments, world leaders and those in power to act on their commitments to achieve universal health coverage.
Share content from the Health For All Advocacy Toolkit, review the State of UHC Commitment Report and explore the UHC Day Resource Mobilization Guide for inspiration and practical steps to help guide your advocacy asks.
Tell the world why #HealthForAll matters – write a message or take a video explaining why UHC is important to you, and why it’s critical that health systems leave no one behind.
Record a video or write a message answering the question “What does #HealthForAll mean to you?” Post your response on social media on 12.12 with the hashtag #UHCDay, and you might be featured alongside world leaders and public health officials answering the same question! Use the digital toolkit for inspiration, graphics, filters, profile frames and more. Post your story on social media on 12.12 with the hashtag #UHCDay.
Rally for what’s right – take action and hit the streets, or screens, on 12.12 in any way you can.
Take a short 5-10 second video or selfie of yourself outside moving in any way you can to raise awareness for UHC Day. Post your video or picture on social media on 12.12 with the hashtag #UHCDay. Check out the digital toolkit for customizable templates and product designs, including face masks, to help make an impact, safely, in person.
We’re excited to announce the return of the global Walk the Talk: Health for All challenge this UHC Day. Hosted by the World Health Organization, in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and the Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates, this year’s 24-hour global walkathon will feature people of all ages and abilities walking, jogging, dancing, and moving in any way they can to call for better health for everyone, everywhere.
Attendees at Expo 2020 and a cadre of frontline health workers will kick off the challenge on 12.12, and we invite you to participate anywhere you are around the world.
How to participate
No matter where you live, you can participate in Walk the Talk! Every step you take will help to promote healthy practices, encouraging all of us to ensure good physical and mental health. This UHC Day, walk in global solidarity to amplify the call for #HealthForAll! There are two easy ways to participate:
Take a picture of this QR code or follow this link to download the STEPPI app and join the Walk the Talk: Health for All challenge. The app will automatically count your steps throughout the day, along with participants from across the world walking towards better health for all. Take a screenshot or photo of yourself on the move and post it to social media with the hashtag #UHCDay.
Manually submit your steps or activities accomplished during December 12th, in your local timezone, via this form. Recorded activities will be added to the collective steps taken by worldwide participants, with live updates displayed throughout the day.
Don’t know where to start your UHC Day or UHC-related campaign? The newly-published resource mobilization guide can help you develop the format of your activity, find resources to build your campaign, understand the language of mobilization and assess and communicate your campaign’s impact! Download the guide here.
Check out the advocacy activities happening around the world for this year’s UHC Day campaign! Ready to put your activity on the map? Share your plans here.
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