04 January 2016

Blog: Health and well-being for all

In low and middle-income countries, almost 6% of the population is tipped or pushed further into extreme poverty because of out-of-pocket health expenses, while 400 million people globally don’t even have access to basic health services. If we don’t close these gaps in health coverage, the world’s poor – especially women, children and adolescents – will be left behind.

The goal of universal health coverage is to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. This requires strong, efficient, well-run health systems. But more importantly, it requires ensuring equity in access, prioritising women, children and adolescents in national programmes.

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