Universal Health Coverage Day
- Universal Health Coverage Day, is celebrating every year on 12 December to call on leaders to make smarter investments and accelerate efforts towards “Health for All”. In the world we want, everyone everywhere has access to quality healthcare whenever they need it without suffering financial hardship.
- It lifts people out of poverty, promotes the well-being of families and communities, protects against public health crises, and moves us toward health for all.
- The UHC service coverage index in the Western Pacific Region, marks progress on increasing access to essential health services, has increased from 49 in 2000 to 80 in 2019. However, inequities in service coverage and financial hardship exist in many countries, especially among vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.
- As we have over the past 75 years, WHO stands with all people, communities and organizations across the world in taking action to “Build the world we want: A healthy future for all”.
- UHC Day is an opportunity to celebrate progress and raise awareness for what is required to deliver essential health care for families and communities everywhere. This Universal Health Coverage Day marks the kick-off of WHO’s 75thanniversary of making health for all a reality and the countdown to the high-level meeting on UHC taking place at the UN General Assembly in 2023.
- The UHC Day 2022 theme is “Build the world we want: A healthy future for all,” the goal of which is to call for stronger health systems committed to equity, trust, healthy environments, investments and accountability.