All countries can reach Universal Health Coverage

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Two doctors are shown in consultation at Kabul’s tuberculosis hospital. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Any country whatever its economic performance can provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC), according to health policy experts.

Ministers and health representatives gathered at the United Nations on Monday to discuss the importance and feasibility of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable primary health services.

Global support for UHC has been gathering momentum since 2012, with the unanimous adoption of a resolution in the General Assembly that emphasized health as an essential element of international development.

Mr. Yamaya, the Director for health policy at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, said all countries have the capacity to expand their base health service coverage.

“Universal Health Coverage is within the reach of any country. Health is a common need for all people in the world. Japan feels obliged to promote universal health coverage in the post-2015 agenda because it knows well the fruit that are born by UHC. I hope this event will be a good opportunity to dispel any remaining doubt or scepticism concerning it.”

Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended a World Bank event on reaching Universal Health Coverage.

The UN chief hailed the "great advances on health" achieved by countries all over the world through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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