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APRIL 7 is WORLD HEALTH DAY:
Good health allows children to learn and adults to earn, helps people escape from poverty, and provides the basis for long-term economic development.
All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals:
UHC will help move everyone toward greater equity, development priorities, and social inclusion and cohesion.
UHC means all individuals and communities receive health services they need without pushing families into poverty. It requires strengthening health systems -- the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. It encompasses health service delivery systems, the health workforce, health facilities and communications networks, health technologies, information systems, quality assurance mechanisms, financing, governance and legislation.
UHC does not mean free coverage for all possible health interventions, regardless of the cost, as no country can provide all services free of charge on a sustainable basis. It does enable everyone to access the services that address the most important causes of disease and death, and ensures that the quality of those services is good enough to improve health.