Virtual Session link: Digital Session, Meeting ID: 975 6776 3705
- To appreciate the key stakeholders (state and nonstate) to achieve UHC.
- To realize that UHC calls for interventions that prevent ill health such as health promotion and health prevention.
- To realize that new technologies should be cost effective, affordable and feasible to use to ensure UHC.
- To appreciate the importance of addressing both communicable and noncommunicable diseases as we strive to achieve UHC.
UHC has been fronted as a way of providing health service interventions at affordable cost, without impoverishing households, communities and countries. Currently, government financing is one of the most effective models to advance coverage for population health and wellbeing. In low-and middle- income countries (LMICs), health system strengthening and resilience have been traditionally focused on the medical model, with less investments in health promotion at community level which would save large amount of resources and contribute the most to the wellbeing of communities. As we focus on UHC, we need to factor in the social determinants of health, Primary Health Care (PHC), as well as consider effective coordination between state and nonstate agencies for UHC goals. Escalating costs arising from new technologies, quality enhancements, broadening health care entitlements, and expanding workforce readiness can inadvertently make UHC a distant reality for many LMICs. As we advocate for speedy UHC advancements, there is a need to consider cost-effective, affordable technologies and innovations that are feasible to be scaled up. Community level actions to promote health and address the prevention, prompt diagnosis and care programs for diseases – both communicable and non-communicable, is vital. Programmes to improve health by addressing social and economic determinants need effective partnerships that go beyond the health system to embrace other agencies, sectors and development actors at all levels. How can healthy-lives and well-being of all people be central to all development policies, programmes and agendas?
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