At least 400 million people globally lack access to essential health services such as immunization, family planning services and primary care hospitals, according to the World Health Organization, resulting in the unnecessary deaths of millions of men, women and children every year. That’s why Sustainable Development Goal 3 — to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages — includes a target to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This includes financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and vaccines for all.

In order to achieve UHC, experts have suggested that we need to start by revolutionizing primary health care. The good news is that more players than ever are engaging in global health. Private sector actors such as Philips are innovating around health technology solutions for the developing country context. For example, it has produced fetal health monitors that work independently of power supply, and handheld technological devices that health care workers can take with them to remote and rural areas. And a multitude of corporations, philanthropic foundations and large international nongovernmental organizations are partnering to invest in and deliver improved health systems…..more