Today, on the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day, more than 500 organizations from 100 countries are standing in solidarity to call for universal access to affordable, quality health care services.
December 12 marks the two-year anniversary of the United Nations’ historic resolution endorsing universal health coverage. Currently, one billion people still lack access to basic health care, and 100 million people are driven into poverty trying to pay for the services they need to stay alive and healthy. The world’s largest Ebola outbreak in history — still ongoing nearly one year after the first case was found in West Africa — has shown how fragile health systems collapse when exposed to extreme shocks. The impact of this crisis has fallen disproportionately on the poorest and most marginalised communities — the same groups who are always hit hardest by stress from disease epidemics, conflicts or climate catastrophes.
Today’s historic coalition, led by The Rockefeller Foundation, includes a number of public health schools and programs – just to name a few: the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Yale School of Public Health. Other notable partners include the World Bank, UNAIDS, BRAC, PATH, Oxfam, Save the Children, the Treatment Action Campaign and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The full list of global partners can be found here. Events are planned in more than 30 cities around the world.