The WHO and World Bank just released the 2017 Global Monitoring Report on UHC, with new data on service coverage and health financing for 132 countries – a major update to the 37-country report from 2015.
Here are the headlines:
Half the world’s people – more than 3.5 billion – don’t receive all the essential health services they need. This includes one billion people living with uncontrolled hypertension, 200 million women without access to family planning and 20 million infants unprotected by vaccines. [TWEET NOW]
800 million people experience catastrophic out-of-pocket health costs each year. In other words, 1 in 9 people spend more than 10% of their household budgets paying for health. [TWEET NOW] http://bit.ly/2Al0yYl
And 100 million people are still pushed into extreme poverty each year by these costs, with even more falling below the official $3.10-a-day poverty line. [TWEET NOW] http://bit.ly/2iXua6Z
But there are encouraging signs of progress, and the commitment of the Universal Health Coverage Coalition is one of them. On UHC Day, we showed the world that a growing movement is calling for political action to end these injustices. In Tokyo this week, the UHC Forum will feature new commitments from government and civil society leaders to achieve health for all. This special event starts at 18:00 GMT+9 on Thursday, 14 December, and you can watch live here.
Thank you again for rising with us to demand our right to health. More to come soon on UHC Day 2017 – which was by all counts the biggest yet!
UHC Day Team