Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day observed annually on 12 December. On 12 December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care – as an essential priority for international development. In this historical day, International Universal Health Coverage Day is celebrated globally.
UHC Day calls for strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind: Health for All.
UHC Day Theme for 2020
The theme of UHC Day 2020 is ‘Health for all: protect everyone. To end this crisis and build a safer and healthier future, we must invest in health systems that protect us all — now’ UHC Day Campaign on 12 December 2020 will mark one year since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported.
Universal health coverage is integral to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, our blueprint of a better future for people and planet. On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to health for all as an investment in humanity, wellbeing and prosperity for everyone.UN Secretary-General António Guterres
This #UHCDay, it’s clearer than ever that leaders have a responsibility to:
- Listen to science
- Address misinformation and alleviate fear
- Act on evidence to meet the needs of all people
Key Messages (Commitments)
- Ensure Political Leadership Beyond Health: Commit to achieve UHC for healthy lives and well-being for all at all stages, as a social contract.
- Leave No One Behind: Pursue equity in access to quality health services with financial protection.
- Regulate and Legislate: Create a strong, enabling regulatory and legal environment responsive to people’s needs.
- Uphold Quality of Care: Build quality health systems that people and communities trust.
- Invest More and Better: Sustain public financing and harmonize health investments.
- Move Together: Establish multi-stakeholder mechanisms for engaging the whole of society for a healthier world.
- Gender Equality: Emphasize gender equality, redress gender power dynamics and ensure women’s and girls’ rights as foundational principles for UHC.
- Emergency Preparedness: Promote strong and resilient health systems for enhancing health emergency preparedness and response.
- 12.12.2012: The United Nations unanimously endorses a historic resolution urging all countries to accelerate progress toward UHC as an essential priority for international development.
- 12.12.2014: The Universal Health Coverage Coalition begins to celebrate 12 December as UHC Day, to hold leaders accountable to their promise of #HealthForAll.
- 12.12.2017: The United Nations officially designates 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.
- 12.12.2019: A global movement calls on world leaders to Keep the Promise they made at the 2019 High-Level Meeting on UHC and achieve #HealthForAll by 2030.
- 12.12.2020: Nearly one year after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported to the World Health Organization, the UHC movement will call for investments in health systems that protect everyone.
- UHC protects you.
- UHC protects me.
- UHC protects our families.
- UHC protects our communities.
- UHC protects our economies.
- UHC protects our world.
- Everyone, everywhere has a right to health care without fear of financial hardship or discrimination. #HealthForAll
- During a pandemic and always, lifesaving care should never just go to the highest bidders. #COVID19 vaccines must be free and accessible to everyone, prioritized for those most at risk. #HealthForAll #UHCDay
- If everyone could get the promotive, preventative, curative, rehabilitative & palliative services they needed, the story of 2020 would be very different. #HealthForAll #UHCDay
- Even before #COVID19, 100 million people were pushed into poverty each year because of health costs. We can’t go back to the status quo. We must invest in health systems that protect everyone – NOW. #HealthForAll #UHCDay
- Strong #PrimaryHealthCare can provide people with the quality care they need, right in their communities, in crisis and calm.
- The world must invest in PHC as the foundation of #HealthForAll and recovery from #COVID19.
- Every country around the world committed to the landmark 2019 UN Political Declaration on universal health coverage, and it’s time for us to hold our leaders accountable. This #UHCDay, let’s make our voices heard. Our lives and our futures depend on it.
- To achieve #HealthForAll, we must demand that our leaders build accountable & transparent institutions that can fight corruption and ensure social justice. #UHCDay
- For decades, gaps have been growing within & between countries in access to health, education and opportunity. #COVID19 is exacerbating these injustices. We must prioritize the most marginalized in the pandemic response to build a more equitable future. #HealthForAll
- We cannot achieve #HealthForAll if “we” doesn’t represent all people that health systems are meant to serve. To #LeaveNoOneBehind, leaders must meaningfully engage communities & civil society in all decisions.
- Health workers are the backbone of health systems. They deserve more than applause. We owe them the resources, protection, & pay they need to save lives, without jeopardizing their own. #ProtectEveryone #UHCDay
- People everywhere have spoken: fix the system. Systemic change needs a system-wide response that centers health in all policies. This #UHCDay let us come together to reach our shared goal: #HealthForAll.
- #HealthforAll is everyone’s business. Civil society, governments, the private sector, academia, local communities & health practitioners must work hand in hand, #Partnering4UHC to ensure no one is left behind this #UHCDay and every day going forward.
- Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage
- Countries must invest at least 1% more of GDP on PHC to eliminate glaring coverage gaps
- Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care 2018
- WHO establishes Council on the Economics of Health for All
- Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together [Book]
- Bridging a Gap in Universal Health Coverage for the Poorest Billion
- New evaluation of universal health coverage shows that the world will likely fall short of WHO goal
- World Health Statistics 2020: Monitoring health for the SDGs
- International Universal Health Coverage Day: Keep the Promise!
- 2019 Monitoring Report: Primary Health Care on the Road to Universal Health Coverage
- Mayors urge local action to strengthen air quality data monitoring
- WHO calls on countries to increase taxes on alcohol and sugary sweetened beverages
- Request for Proposals! NHRC Undergraduate, Graduate and Provincial Research Grant 2080
- Guideline for Medical Treatment of Deprived Citizens (Bipanna Nagarik Ausadi Upachar) Program
- COP28: Summary of the initiatives and financial commitments for climate and health
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