URC-CHS supports Universal Health Coverage Day

URC-CHS has pledged its support for Universal Health Coverage Day on December 12, 2014. This day of activism and awareness. spearheaded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is the first of its kind for universal health coverage. UHC Day is designed to support a UN resolution, passed unanimously in 2012, which endorsed universal health coverage as a key component of sustainable development.

Health for all

Health inequities occur when health services are not accessible to or utilized by certain groups of people because of their gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, geographic residence, or other characteristics. This lack of access puts disadvantaged populations at a much higher risk for adverse health outcomes. URC’s work supports the development of sustainable, strengthened health systems through health equity fund schemes, workforce development, and quality improvement initiatives—work that promotes sustainable, equitable health coverage for all, especially our most vulnerable communities.

A few examples:

Evidence gathered from the global USAID-funded Health Care Improvement (HCI) project, which ended in 2014, demonstrated that improving health worker performance through improvement science can support universal health coverage and lead to gains in service coverage.

The USAID Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness Program, commonly known as the Tibu Homa Project (THP), is also working to help achieve universal access and make health care affordable. The Ministry of Health and Social Services supports the implementation of community health funds, a form of pre-payment insurance that operates as a mechanism for improving access to basic health-care services to populations in rural areas.

USAID|Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project currently is working on several issues surrounding equitable healthcare access. Recently, TRAction co-led a session at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in South Africa on the necessity of a woman-centered care approach to strengthen health systems and achieve universal health coverage. TRAction Project research is also investigating community-based approaches to improve equity in nomadic populations in Kenya; a new model of maternal care to improve equity in Guatemala; and the impact of evidence-based planning and budgeting on equitable health service delivery in Indonesia.

Health for all is an attainable goal. Join URC and over 200 organizations and individuals around the world on UHC Day to advocate for universal health coverage: www.universalhealthcoverageday.org

November 18, 2014
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