What is Universal Health Coverage?
Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as everyone, everywhere being able to access the health services they need, when and where they need them, without facing financial hardship.
Why does it matter?
Alongside action to address factors that shape our health and wellbeing across the life-course and tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality, progress towards UHC is essential for promoting healthy ageing. UHC is also essential for delivering social and economic development, and building resilient and equitable societies that respond effectively in times of crisis – whether pandemics, climate crisis or other threats to global health security.
60-year-old woman, Lebanon
The mere thought of sickness terrifies me because we do not have any social safety net, healthcare coverage, or protection. Who would care for our fate?