Every year, 12 December is observed as Universal Health Day (also known as Universal Health Coverage Day – UHC Day which is the annual major focus for the growing Universal Health campaign to guarantee that everybody, anywhere has access to affordable health care, when and when they need them, without leading them to financial hardship.
The International Universal Health Coverage Day is designed to raise awareness with multi-stakeholder partners about the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage. On 12 December each year UHC advocates raise their voices to share the experiences of the millions of individuals still waiting for health. They support what has so far been accomplished, call on politicians to make greater and smarter health investments and inspire a variety of organisations to commit themselves to help get the world closer to UHC by 2030.
What is Universal Health Coverage?
Universal health coverage is defined as ensuring that all individuals have sufficient quality access to the necessary health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation) to be effective, while also ensuring that the user is not exposed to financial hardship by the use of these services. Universal health coverage has therefore become the main objective and a priority objective of the WHO for health reform in many countries.
Theme of Universal Health Coverage Day 2020
This year the theme of Universal Health Coverage Day 2020 is “Health for all – Protect everyone”
2020 has been a long time of reckoning around the globe for health services. Although COVID-19’s hard lessons are far from fresh, and while worries and injustices are now representing the everyday realities of millions since the pandemic, the sheer magnitude of this epidemic has ignited new momentum around health services and universal provision of health. More politicians are paying attention than ever and more citizens are growing to expect change than ever.
The pandemic is challenging our determination to provide health for everyone and threatens to reverse decades of progression. In several nations, it has interrupted the distribution of vital health care, expanded budgets beyond the limits and revelated the consequences of decades of underinvestment in primary and essential roles for public health.
We need to invest in health systems that protect us all in order to end that crisis and build a healthier and safer future.