April 7, 2018
The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations
Theme 2018: Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.
“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.
Some facts and figures about the state of UHC today:
Half the world lacks access to Essential health services.
Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.
Over 800 million people (almost 12 percent of the world’s population) spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets to pay for health care.
All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.
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