WHO em­pha­sizes on uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Who News -

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) de­fines uni­ver­sal health care as a health sys­tem that pro­vides ser­vices to cit­i­zens with­out putting them at a fi­nan­cial risk. To­day, an es­ti­mated 400 mil­lion peo­ple around the world lack ac­cess to one or more essen­tial health ser­vices, and ev­ery year, 100 mil­lion peo­ple are pushed into poverty due to out-of­pocket health care ex­penses.

Dr Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus, the new di­rec­tor gen­eral of the WHO has made it clear that the United Na­tions health or­ga­ni­za­tion will be push­ing hard for uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age dur­ing his ten­ure. Dr Te­dros made his case for it dur­ing the So­cial Good Sum­mit in New York City, an an­nual event lead­ing up the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly (UNGA).

Con­ver­sa­tions about uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age will con­tinue through­out the UNGA. Dr Te­dros and other world lead­ers, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ja­pan, France, Thai­land and Sene­gal, will meet to dis­cuss how dif­fer­ent coun­tries are achiev­ing uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age.

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