WHO/ECEH: World Health Day 2018
For World Health Day 2018 that is taking place April 7, WHO calls on world leaders to take concrete steps to move towards universal health coverage (UHC). This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services without facing financial hardship, as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals all countries agreed in 2015.
Where health systems fail to provide adequate financial protection, people are forced to choose between health care and other basic needs. This undermines access to services, lowers health status, deepens poverty and exacerbates inequalities.
In the WHO European Region, some countries do well in meeting UHC goals, but all of them can do better to secure financial protection, especially for poorer people.