Many stakeholders are involved in making universal health coverage a reality and the private sector is a key player in all countries. The private sector innovates and produces most of the inputs for health service delivery, including medicines, commodities, and medical equipment. Most countries have mixed (public and private) health systems, and in many developing countries more than half of first encounters with the health system by people with a new ailment are through the private sector.

Engaging the private sector should be a part of efforts to achieve UHC. Governments and other stakeholders therefore need to engage with the private sector, develop mutual understanding, build trust, and identify common interests.

UHC2030 provides a platform where private sector entities can connect with other key stakeholder groups and can contribute to set the health systems strengthening global agenda.

How the private sector contributes to UHC


UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency’s statement on UHC highlights how the private sector can work with other stakeholders to effectively contribute to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and is fully aligned with the Action Agenda from the UHC Movement, to which the UHC203 Private Sector Constituency contributed.

To build on and maximize the private sector’s existing contributions to UHC, the UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency renews its commitments to:

Commitment 1

Incorporate UHC principles, including to leave no one behind, into our business

Commitment 2

Deliver innovations that respond to the needs of all people including underserved populations, and make these safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable

Commitment 3

Help strengthen the health workforce, responding to local context, priorities and needs

Commitment 4

Contribute to efforts to raise the finance available for UHC

Commitment 5

 Champion and engage in multi-stakeholder policy dialogues that advance UHC

Download the UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency 2023 Statement on UHC and its appendix, which includes a series of case studies to illustrate private sector wide-ranging contributions.

During the 2023 UN High-level Meeting on UHC, the UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency delivered a Statement, available here.

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