Call for universal health coverage

08 April, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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At least half of the world's people is now unable to obtain essential health services.

The event was graced by Mr Ajay Seth, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka, who stressed upon the importance of working together with all stakeholders to progress towards UHC in the state. In high-income countries, government domestic funding as a share of current health expenditure rose from 66 to 70 percent, and in middle-income countries it rose from 48 to 51 percent.

Other initiatives which are already well underway include the improvements in services provided for people with diabetes and with cancer through the provision of new medicines, new equipment, new services, and an increase in capacity for research.

"No one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they can not access the health service they need", said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a message ahead of the annual April 7 observance, which is the foundation day of the now 70 year old UN's health agency.

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World Health Organization has called on African leaders to live up to the SDG pledges they made in 2015, and to commit to concrete actions.

Morales stressed that Cuba has much to show to the world in terms of universal coverage, a theme that defines this year's campaign for the anniversary.

"Health Is A Human Right".

According to him, the intent of UHC is to make health care services easily available to the citizens without any financial hardship. Access to essential quality care and financial protection not only enhances people's health and life expectancy, it also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and enhances gender equality.

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In Cuba the national celebration oin World Health Day was held in Sancti Spiritus.

Bangladesh has made progress in the health service delivery and reduced the burden of infectious diseases.

The organisation aims to extend health coverage to more than one billion people by 2023. World Health Organization and its partners will share examples of steps to take to get there through a series of events and conversations held at multiple levels.

The WHO's message is simple - people deserve access to healthcare without fearing financial hardships.

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In areas where there are no government facilities but private or Christian Health Association facilities, service level agreement has been signed to make sure that people access free services from such a facility.

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