The COVID-19 pandemic has further widened inequities in access to health services that people need. It has also shown how underinvestment in primary health care-focused health systems exposes all people and countries to health threats. Weak health systems have resulted in catastrophic costs for people, governments and for the global economy. 

Concrete action is needed to build resilient and equitable health systems – including public health functions that are critical for pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. UHC strengthens the resilience of people and countries - in both crisis and calm. 

The 2023 High-Level Meeting on UHC provides countries and all stakeholders an opportunity to reinvigorate progress towards delivering health for all.  An action-oriented outcome focusing on stregthening resilient and equitable health system is key to provide the basis for implimentation and accountability, building on the 2019 Political Declaration.

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