The resolution urged all countries to provide universal access to healthcare to their citizens without suffering from the consequences of financial hardship.
UHC has also become a central element in the adoption of the SDGs as good health underlies all aspects of development and this is reflected in Goal 3.8. The day was first marked in 1949. This year's theme focuses on universal health coverage.
This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
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Some countries have already made significant progress towards UHC.
It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
According to a statement released by WHO, universal health coverage for everyone, everywhere is critical to achieving sustainable development in Malawi.
This was the consensus from participants at a high-level breakfast meeting hosted by the World Health Organisation Country Office in commemoration of World Health Day 2018 which also marks the 70th birthday of the organisation. "It is the responsibility of every country and national government to pursue it".
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Ministry of Health recently launched the Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan 2017-2022, which is addressing UHC.
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.
Over 800 million people, nearly 12 percent of the world's population, spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or other family member. "Their inclusion is of paramount importance to rights-based health systems and global health security".
The CEO, who decried incessant strike in the health sector, attributed it to poor remuneration among others. The basic objective is that every person who needs these services should get them and not only those who can pay them.
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