UN / UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

08-Oct-2020 00:01:24
World Health Organization Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 pandemic must be “a catalyst for making universal health coverage a reality and not just an aspiration.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE
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DATELINE: 08 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, visitors’ entrance to UN headquarters

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"When we promote and protect health, we also promote and protect jobs, businesses, economies, educations, gender equality, peace, sustainability and more. The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any one of us have experienced in our lifetimes, but it must also be a turning point for all of us; a catalyst for making universal health coverage a reality and not just an aspiration. The only way forward is together, working in solidarity for a healthier, safer and fairer world; as if it was a matter of life and death because it is.”

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3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
"By working and investing together, we can help ensure that all people, no matter who they are or where they live, have access to good quality and affordable healthcare. Throughout all of this work, UNICEF is proud to be working with all of you to make universal health coverage not just an ambitious dream, but an achievable reality for every community and every child."
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5. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
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World Health Organization Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 pandemic must be “a catalyst for making universal health coverage a reality and not just an aspiration.”

Speaking at a high-level virtual event today (08 Oct), Dr Tedros said one year ago the world came together in solidarity to endorse the political declaration on universal health coverage, but since then COVID-19 has turned our world upside down.

He said the pandemic exposed the inequalities of health systems in all countries and noted that even some of the richest nations were caught off guard and unprepared.

The WHO Director General said COVID-19 puts at risk many of the health gains made in the past 20 years. He stressed that the pandemic must guide the world to forge ahead in universal health coverage with even more urgency and innovation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"When we promote and protect health, we also promote and protect jobs, businesses, economies, educations, gender equality, peace, sustainability and more. The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any one of us have experienced in our lifetimes, but it must also be a turning point for all of us; a catalyst for making universal health coverage a reality and not just an aspiration. The only way forward is together, working in solidarity for a healthier, safer and fairer world; as if it was a matter of life and death because it is.”

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said universal health coverage is fundamental to the health of children and their families, as well as the social and economic development communities.

She said any vision of a truly fair society will not be realized without universal health coverage, adding that even before the pandemic, the world was off track on its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-related health goals. Fore also said, “By working and investing together, we can help ensure that all people, no matter who they are or where they live, have access to good quality and affordable healthcare.” She added UNICEF is proud to work with its international partners to make universal health coverage “not just an ambitious dream, but an achievable reality for every community and every child."
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