Universal Health Coverage Day, commemorated each 12 December, is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations endorsement of Universal Health Coverage in 2012. It calls for countries to provide affordable, quality health care to every person, everywhere. Since the resolution, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization (WHO) have identified UHC as a top priority for sustainable development.
The event is a coalition of leading health and development organisations urging governments to accelerate UHC so that everyone, everywhere, can access quality health services without financial hardship. It is also a means to promote the human right to health.
More than 100 low- and middle-income countries, home to almost 3/4 of the world’s population, have taken steps to deliver UHC. The emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS)—representing almost half the world’s population—are all taking steps toward UHC.
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