This year on world health day, we focus on universal health care. Universal Health Care (UHC) means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. “Universal” in UHC means “for all”, without discrimination, leaving no one behind. Everyone everywhere has a right to benefit from health services they need without falling into poverty when using them.
Throughout 2018, we aim to inspire, motivate and guide UHC stakeholders to make commitments towards UHC:
Inspire—by highlighting policy-makers’ power to transform the health of their nation, framing the challenge as exciting and ambitious, and inviting them to be part of the change,
Motivate—by sharing examples of how countries are already progressing towards UHC and encourage others to find their own path.
Guide—by providing tools for structured policy dialogue on how to advance UHC domestically or supporting such efforts in other countries (e.g. expanding service coverage, improving quality of services, reducing out-of-pocket payments).
Use the hashtag #HealthForAll to support World Health Day and equality in health care.