Too many people are now missing out on health coverage

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The event focused on deliberating on the various facets of UHC and the way forward in the country, sharing perspectives from the government, experts, non-government organisations, medical colleges, civil service organisations and the private sector.

"They should ensure that everyone, no matter where they live or who they are can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship".

The chairman of the association, Dr Kunle Olawepo made the plea in his statement in Ilorin to commemorate the 2018 World Health Day.

Ladipo further called for collaborative efforts of government and stakeholders to ensure improved access to quality healthcare services by the populace.

Universal health coverage is guaranteed in Malta thanks to accessible healthcare which is free at the point of care for all, and this includes myriad primary and secondary care services, screening services and prevention.

"Health Is A Human Right".

Jacqueline Weekers, Director of the Migration Health Division at IOM said, "Without migrants, including internally displaced people, universal health coverage would not be truly universal".

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The presence of community health workers known as Health Surveillance Assistants (HSA) is also a clear indication that Malawi is indeed in support of the universal health coverage.

Universal health coverage has become a major goal for health reform in many countries and is a priority objective of the WHO.

Countries in the Region have committed to monitor who is not being covered by health services and why, and review annually progress on UHC and SDG3 health goal until 2030.

The CEO, who decried incessant strike in the health sector, attributed it to poor remuneration among others.

"Ultimately, universal health coverage is a political choice".

It also launched a set of six stamps commemorative UN World Health Day stamps to promote worldwide awareness and action to achieve health for everyone around the world. In richer countries in Europe, Latin America and parts of Asia, which have achieved high levels of access to health services, increasing numbers of people are spending at least 10 per cent of their household budgets on out-of-pocket health expenses.

The organisation aims to extend health coverage to more than one billion people by 2023.

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