World Health Day focuses on Universal Health Coverage

National Commemoration on World Health Day

The WHO's message is simple - people deserve access to healthcare without fearing financial hardships.

What World Health Day can do? "It is also imperative for a country's well-being as healthier populations create more productive economies", said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia, on the occasion of the World Health Day celebrated on April 7, every year. The day was first marked in 1949.

The theme of this year's World Health Day is "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere", and the slogan for the 2018 campaign is "Health for All".

"Health Is A Human Right".

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) refers to the providing of essential healthcare services to a person while ensuring that the use of these does not expose the user to financial distress.

Therefore, as Dr Tumusime said that there is significant progress made in the sector but it is still below the target to meet Vision 2040.

UHC is not only about ensuring a minimum package of health services, but also about ensuring a progressive expansion of coverage of health services and financial protection as more resources become available.

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Uganda is slowly but surely moving toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which is the cornerstone for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 3 on the global development agenda.

World Health Day is an initiative of World Health Organisation (WHO) to bring attention to important health-related topics. Unlike what's expected, the government doesn't spend as much as it should for the development of Health sector. Past year on Word Health Day this movement started with a simple insight from an American Journal of Health Promotion that "jumping" is one form of exercise that can be done just about anywhere and at any time and when done regularly has the power to strengthen your bones.

Domestic public financing is the predominant source to achieve universal health coverage.

UHC is key to people's and nations' health and well-being.

Incurring catastrophic expenses for health care is a global problem.

It also launched a set of six stamps commemorative UN World Health Day stamps to promote worldwide awareness and action to achieve health for everyone around the world.

Access to UHC can prevent people from being pushed into poverty because they are forced to pay for the costs of their health care.

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