The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic puts global health and well-being at a pivotal moment. Individually and collectively, countries need to do better on both universal health coverage and health security. Strengthening health systems, with a focus on equity and resilience, is crucial for UHC and health security and contributes to wider socioeconomic progress.
UHC2030’s new paper, Action on health systems, for universal health coverage and health security provides a strategic narrative for strengthening health systems, to guide national, regional and global advocacy and action. It brings together recommendations from recent high-profile initiatives and reports, focusing on priority actions and the roles of different partners and constituencies.
This “shared script” provides the basis for UHC2030’s diverse membership to:
- Promote political leadership for stronger health systems
- Mobilize better-aligned resources for health systems, for UHC and for health security
- Demand and act for solidarity and equity in health systems
As the established multi-stakeholder partnership for health systems and UHC, UHC2030 is well-positioned to mobilize action. This includes advocacy and policy dialogue between UHC2030 partners and governments (especially ministries of health and ministries of finance). Internationally, UHC2030 will help identify key moments and opportunities in relevant regional and global initiatives, political processes and governing bodies. The paper will also inform priorities for the UHC movement ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC in September 2023.