The focus on this World Health Day, 7 April 2019, is Universal Health Coverage, with the theme ‘Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere’.
Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community and without financial hardship.
Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world but millions of people still have no access at all to health care. Millions more are forced to choose between healthcare and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home. WHO reports that around 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket spending on health.
Palliative care as part of UHC
Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.
Message from our Chief Executive
This World Health Day, Professor Julia Downing, Chief Executive of ICPCN writes:
“We know that at least half of the people in the world do not received the health services they need, and within children’s palliative care it is estimated that between 90-95% of children globally needing access to palliative care don’t get it. Palliative Care is a core component of Universal Health Coverage which aims to ensure that all people have access to the quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. Thus, by making Universal Health Coverage a reality we will improve the lives of children and their families needing palliative care around the world. Health is a human right so let’s make universal health coverage a reality, and with it access to palliative care for children.”
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