Universal Health Coverage means that all people can benefit from quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. It has 3 key dimensions:
*Sources: World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
On 23rd September 2019, political leaders from around the world came together at the first United Nations (UN) High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to mobilise political support and commit to achieving UHC.
The meeting saw the adoption of the 2019 Political Declaration “Universal health coverage: moving together to build a healthier world” which expresses countries’ support for UHC. This sets out a high-level framework for the development and implementation of national UHC plans with the engagement of civil society organisations and other stakeholders. The adoption is an important milestone for the global health community and offers several opportunities to strengthen cancer control.
UICC dedicated the 2019 edition of the World Cancer Leaders' Summit to the topic of Cancer and Universal Health Coverage. The summit ended with a strong call to action urging governments to fulfill their commitments and the entire cancer community to provide support and drive action.
Replay of the webinar conducted by André M. Ilbawi, MD – World Health Organization (WHO)
Cancer advocates will need to take a proactive approach to champion the integration of essential cancer services in national plans and benefit packages. View some example actions to support the integration of cancer within UHC packages in their contexts.