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23 September, 2020

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UNGA newsflash - September 2020

Let’s remember UHC commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic

The interconnectedness of UHC and health emergencies

A year ago, we were all celebrating the successful outcome of the UN High-Level Meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) where world leaders endorsed the most ambitious and comprehensive political declaration on health in history.

UHC remains a high priority strategy for both responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining essential health services for the whole population, but it must include renewed focus on health emergency preparedness. Investment in specific public health actions needs to be the first step towards UHC to ensure everyone is protected.

Now, faced by the COVID-19 crisis, it is crucial that leaders recognise the interconnectedness of UHC and health emergencies and remember their UHC commitments.

Follow up action to the HLM UHC

UHC2030 has followed up with partners and constituencies over the past few months, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Co-Chairs of UHC2030 released a statement on COVID-19 to remind political leaders of their commitments to UHC and the importance of UHC in health security and emergency contexts.

UHC2030 is also working to produce a multi-stakeholder review called 'The State of UHC Commitment'. Along with hard data, we want to tell the real story of access to and quality of health services around the world. Thank you to everyone who contribued to the recent survey. The synthesis report will be released on UHC Day on 12 December.

Social participation mechanisms are vital for responsive health reforms that leave no one behind in efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). UHC2030 and the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism have collaborated with WHO to develop a social participation handbook to provide best practice guidance to policymakers on how to effectively and meaningfully engage with populations, civil society, and communities. Read here about feedback from the consultation on how to strengthen social participation in policy and decision-making.

On 17 September, the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Stop TB Partnership, and Norges Røde Kors hosted a virtual side event on operationalizing commitments to UHC, particularly to reach last mile communities first in the COVID-19 response and recovery. See a summary and recording.

Please join us during UNGA to share what you are doing to accelerate progress towards UHC!

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HIFA profile: Isabelle Wachsmuth-Huguet, MSc, MPH has been working for World Health Organization (WHO) since 2003 and has 20 years of expertise on international network promoting and implementing knowledge management solutions in both high and low income countries. She is currently Project manager, Health Systems and Innovation Cluster, Service Delivery & Safety (SDS), Emerging Issues, Quality Universal Health Coverage (QUHC), at WHO Geneva. She is also the coordinator and lead moderator of the WHO Global Francophone Forum - Health Information For All (HIFA-Fr: http://www.hifa.org/forums/hifa-french). She is a member of the HIFA working group on Multilingualism.

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