As countries work to combat the spread and scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, critical reforms have become necessary in order to ensure health systems are more resilient and responsive to pandemics such as COVID-19 and others as they emerge in the future.

To that end, advancing universal health coverage (UHC) has never been more vital.

Evidence has shown that, for many countries, achieving UHC is largely influenced by socio-economic, political and other factors — as well as the strength of the systems in place to drive progress. This includes systems that improve access to quality, affordable treatment, while reducing out-of-pocket payments in a way that ensures that these services are purchased with optimal efficiency and effectiveness…..more