Universal Health Coverage Day

What is UHC?
uhc3Globally, 400 million people lack access to one or more essential health services. Because of out-of-pocket payments a hundred million people are driven into poverty while a further 150 million people suffer financial catastrophe. This because nearly a third of total global health expenditure comes from out-of-pocket payments. Globally, we face shortages in trained medical staff, insufficient healthcare spending in the world’s poorest countries and two-thirds of all annual deaths are still not registered.

Responding to a crisis
In response to this global healthcare crisis, health was included in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals under the name “Universal Health Coverage’. The goal calls for improved health financing with an aim to reduce out-of-pocket expenditures and training and supporting the required workforce of healthcare workers. Furthermore, UHC calls for better health statistics and information systems, comprehensive national health policies and improved service delivery and safety which includes TB services and prevention of the spread of TB in healthcare facilities.

Video: What is Universal Health Coverage?

uhc2According to the WHO, universal health coverage and health financing have three related objectives:

  1. Equity in access to health services – everyone who needs services should get them, not only those who can pay for them;
  2. The quality of health services should be good enough to improve the health of those receiving services; and
  3. People should be protected against financial-risk, ensuring that the cost of using services does not put people at risk of financial harm.

Universal health coverage and KNCV

Video: We believe in UHC

At KNCV we believe everyone deserves affordable high quality healthcare. In order to contribute to the development of universal coverage in a practical way, KNCV organizes and supports projects that focus on parts of the population that have a higher prevalence of tuberculosis while receiving poor quality or expensive healthcare. These populations include prisoners, miners, children, the urban poor, and people living with HIV.

Example: TB screening and diagnosis in Indonesian prisons

Universal health coverage day 2016

uhc1KNCV, as part of a global coalition of concerned parties, advocates for more focus on universal health coverage, in order to alleviate the various mental, physical and socio-economic hardships that health problems can inflict on people, families and communities. Changing the current situation requires significant investment and dedication; before 2035, up to fifty million new healthcare workers will need to be trained and deployed if we are to realize the integrated people-centered health services we all deserve.

Video: WHO: The many paths towards universal health coverage

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KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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