Some countries have already made significant progress towards universal health coverage, but still half of the world’s population is still unable to obtain the health services they need. If countries are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals target, one billion more people need to benefit from Universal Heath Coverage (UHC) by 2023. World Health Day this year is on Saturday 7th April 2018, and will shine a spotlight on the need for UHC, and the advantages it can bring. The "World Health Organization (WHO)" and its partners will share examples of steps to take to get there through a series of events and conversations held at multiple levels.
No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food.
WHO Director General
So in this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.