Friends and colleagues,
This Friday, 12.12.14, GHS will be standing with The Rockefeller Foundation,
World Health Organization, World Bank and more than 500 organizations from more than 100
countries to launch the first-ever Universal Health Coverage
The theme for 12.12.14 is “Health for All. Everywhere.” Universal Health
Coverage Day commemorates the unanimous 2012 United Nations resolution urging
access to quality health care for every person, everywhere, without financial
hardship. The Ebola crisis is only the most recent reminder of the critical
need to strengthen health systems.
The fundamental promise of health for all underpins the diverse issues we all
care about – be it infectious diseases, maternal and child health, the rise of
non-communicable diseases, women’s and girls’ empowerment or resilience against
The Universal Health Coverage Day coalition includes Save the Children, Oxfam,
MSH, UNAIDS, Gavi, UNFPA, Women Deliver, PAHO, the UN Foundation, USAID, DFID,
the Global Fund, BRAC, the International Pediatric Association, the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and many, many
more. It also includes leading health and development organizations, as well as
many important universities and public health institutions. Universal
Health Coverage Day events are being organized in more than 30 cities.
The Rockefeller Foundation has generously provided GHS and others the support
and guidance to launch Universal Health Coverage Day. The foundation was an
early and vocal champion of universal health coverage – a natural extension of
its century-long leadership on public health and medicine.
There has never been a better time to champion universal health coverage. Last
week’s report from the UN Secretary-General affirmed that health for every
person, everywhere, is a pillar of sustainable development.
To learn more please visit www.UniversalHealthCoverageDay.org and help
us get out the word on social media – the hashtag is #HealthForAll. And, if
your organization has not done so already, it is not too late to join Universal
Health Coverage Day as an official supporter.
David Gold and Victor Zonana
Global Health Strategies