Universal Healthcare

“Universal Health Care is, by definition, a practical expression of the concern for health equity and the right to health”

World Health Organisation

As part of the 2016 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Member States committed to “Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health- care services and access to safe and effective quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all”. Universal Health Care is, by definition, a practical expression of the concern for health equity and the right to health. Striving to re-envisaging the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health service delivery in a way which meets the needs and rights of all and especially key, marginalised and vulnerable populations is an urgent imperative. However, as it stands, UHC is not being conceptualised by many high burden countries as the vehicle to deliver this imperative.

The Universal Healthcare we want:

The Universal Healthcare (UHC) that we want:

The UHC we want is premised on the right of everyone, everywhere to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. To achieve this, underlying determinants of health must be included and health services must be available, accessible and acceptable and equitably distributed.
We, as civil society organisations across sub-Saharan Africa, including people living with HIV; sex workers; gay men and men who have sex with men; transgender people; people who use drugs; and young people, are in agreement that there are basic non-negotiable principles and values that must define UHC. .

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