The 2019 UN High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

Journal Article
  • Simon Wright
  • Refiloe Mabejane
The Lancet
2019; Vol. 393: 1931. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S0140-6736(19)30349-6.

In their discussion of universal health coverage (UHC), the Editors (Jan 5, p 1) rightly state that “simply convening a UN high-level meeting is not enough” to achieve UHC. The Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM) strongly agrees and is concerned that, without a radically different approach, the meeting will be a business-as-usual global health event. We are concerned that speakers at the high-level meeting on UHC on Sept 23, 2019, will declare support for UHC and leaving no one behind, but will not be held to account for their contradictory policies and actions. Bilateral and multilateral donors, and the intentions of the Sustainable Development Goals 3 Global Action Plan, will be applauded without scrutiny of stagnating aid that is tied to disease-specific priorities, thereby limiting the funding for and focus on primary health care. Participants will propose inclusion of the private sector without mitigating the inequality that the private sector drives.