More than being the slogan for this year’s World Health Day celebration, Health For All by the year 2030 is the goal of the World Health Organization. This goal, if met will see Universal Health Coverage for Everyone, Everywhere - ensuring that you and I can have access to quality health services without facing financial hardship. No one should have to choose between good health and other necessities of life.
The World Needs You
Many countries at different levels of economic development have implemented universal health coverage, showing this to be more a political than an economic challenge.
Universal health coverage is ultimately a political choice. It is the responsibility of every country and national government to pursue it.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO
Through a series of events in 2018, starting on World Health Day, WHO needs you to help inspire, motivate and guide stakeholders to make and redeem their commitments towards Universal Health Coverage:
Inspire—by highlighting policy-makers’ power to transform the health of their nation and inviting them to drive policy change.
Motivate—by sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards Universal Health Coverage and encourage others to find their own path.
Guide—by providing tools for conversations and structured policy dialogue on how to advance Universal Health Coverage domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries.
Everyone has a role to play in the path to Universal Health Coverage. Here are some ways you can help as an individual, civil society or health workers to inspire, motivate and guide your country towards Universal Health Coverage by 2030.
Communicate your needs, opinions, and expectations to local policy-makers, politicians, ministers and other people representatives.
Make the necessary noise to ensure your community health needs are taken into account and prioritized at the local level, including through social media.
Invite civil society organizations to help raise your community needs to your policy-makers.
Share your stories as affected communities and patients with the media.
Organize activities like discussion fora, policy debates, concerts, marches and interviews to provide people an opportunity to interact with their representatives on the topic of UHC via media and social media.
Universal Health Coverage by 2030 is possible if we all play our part, starting now.