WHO emphasizes on universal health coverage
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.