World Health Assembly: MSH Joins Civil Society Call to Action on Universal Health Coverage

World Health Assembly: MSH Joins Civil Society Call to Action on Universal Health Coverage

Civil society call to action on universal health coverage.Civil society call to action on universal health coverage.

At the 65th World Health Assembly this week, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and civil society organizations from three continents launched a joint call to action on universal health coverage (UHC). The statement -- initiated by Action for Global Health, Centre for Health & Social Services (CHeSS), Doctors of the WorldMedicus Mundi InternationalOxfamSave the Children, and MSH -- calls on political and world leaders, governments and ministries of health, and civil society to take a stand for UHC.

The coalition's statement reads, in part:

Around the world, the cost of healthcare continues to prevent poor people from seeking care while also pushing millions into poverty each year. Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) will ensure that all people have access to health services without fear of falling into poverty. Not only is it about ensuring the right to health, but making progress towards UHC will accelerate social and economic growth and is fundamental to sustainable development.

The global momentum for UHC continues to grow and today marks an important step in demonstrating civil society support for this agenda.

The launch is just the beginning as organizations from around the globe are asked to sign this call to action and join the UHC movement.

To learn what you can do to support UHC, read the civil society statement here. If you would like to pledge your organization’s support for the statement please email coordination@actionforglobalhealth.eu.

This coalition wants to ensure that UHC is at the core of any global development framework to follow on from the Millennium Development Goals.

Join us to help make UHC a reality!

Barbara Ayotte is director of strategic communications of MSH.

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