Prioritize Universal Health Coverage : provide quality health services to all

Gov't, WHO partner to spearhead attainment of universal healthcare

World Health Day 2018: WHO reveals what political leaders must do for citizens

In 1948, the First World Health Assembly proposed the establishment of a World Health Day to commemorate the founding of WHO and urge governments, organizations and companies to invest in health to forge a safer future.

Taiwan is a country of 23 million people and is the 18th largest import and export Nation.

Bangladesh has made progress in the health service delivery and reduced the burden of infectious diseases.

All countries will approach UHC in different ways: there is no one size fits all. People were also advised to nominate at least 3 people to take part in the initiative and spread the word. The day is one of the eight official global health campaigns marked by WHO. He emphasized that for UHC to move forward there is need for political commitment, action by all sectors and prioritization of health as a human rights issue in measurable terms because "what is not reported or measured is not done".

Guterres stressed that although millions more children live to celebrate their fifth birthday, people around the world still lacked vital health services.

Nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just $1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

Access to UHC can prevent people from being pushed into poverty because they are forced to pay for the costs of their health care. They incur so-called "catastrophic expenditures".

Meanwhile, Taiwan needs the WHO to protect the health of its own people as well as those in the region and the entire world.

Echoing the same message, the WHO Country Representative in Uganda, Dr Yonas Tegegn referred to investment in health as the most profitable investment for any country in which everybody has a role to play.

True to the WHO's guiding principles of all-inclusive healthcare and the right to the highest possible level of health, the Ministry for Health in Malta continues to develop and improve the services it provides to the population. It is also the impetus behind the current organisation-wide drive to support countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

"Health is not the absence of disease and health encompasses social, physical, mental well-being of an individual".

The country has also established a comprehensive disease prevention system and organised numerous training workshops aimed at preventing Ebola, MERS, dengue fever and Zika. It encompasses all components of the health system: systems and healthcare providers that deliver health services to people, health facilities and communications networks, health technologies, information systems, quality assurance mechanisms and governance and legislation.

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