Spotlight on Universal Health Coverage: looking back and moving forward

16 November, 2023

The Lancet: Spotlight on Universal Health Coverage, 12 December 2024

Further to the successful Lancet-HIFA Spotlight on Research for Health [ now available to watch on demand: ], The Lancet is holding another event focused on Universal health caoverage.

Ensuring all populations globally have access to affordable, quality health care

'Universal health coverage is the concept that, regardless of their ability to pay, everyone should have the right to quality health care, when and where needed. Today, many countries do not have anything resembling universal health coverage. Over the decades, several Lancet Series have examined health and health systems around the world and Lancet Commissions have shown that having access to health care without ensuring good quality is plainly not enough.

'To drive progress, we call for...

- Governments to progressively measure their progress to advance the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of health care provided to their populations

- All sectors of society to recognise that health is not only the product of a well functioning health system—decisive political, economic, and social actions must be taken to protect and strengthen health'

I have registered (as an 'ordinary' participant' this time and not as a panellist) and will be making the case that "Universal access to reliable healthcare information is essential for universal health coverage". I look forward to 'see' you there.

Direct link to register (shortened by me):

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: