International Planned Parenthood Federation

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144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.5.3 Preparation for the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on universal health coverage

IPPF welcomes the preparations for the high-level meeting on UHC and the general outlined presented by WHO in the report and the possibility to provide strategic directions towards achieving UHC. In this regard, we urge the political declaration includes the following:
Reaffirmation of the right to the highest attainable standard of health by all, regardless of gender, colour, race, sexual orientation or gender identity, HIV status, marital status, or any other ground;
Recognize SRHR as a key component of UHC, critical to realise the right to health, sustainable development and a necessary precondition for gender equality and non-discrimination;
Adopt a human rights-based approach towards the achievement of UHC;
Recommitment to the principles of non-discrimination, non-violence, justice and solidarity;
Strong link between UHC and the 2030 Agenda, as well as the interlinkages of UHC with different goals and targets, such as reducing maternal mortality, ensuring universal access to SRHR, end HIV/AIDS, etc.
Include a strong accountability framework as well as an effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism to better guide the development of policies and strategies towards UHC;
We must put people’s interest at the centre of any service delivery model , especially the poor and vulnerable. Understanding the financial burden that out of pocket healthcare expenditure puts upon the poor and vulnerable, health services should have a ‘no-refusal policy’ to ensure every client receives the services they need regardless of their ability to pay.
UHC is essential to achieve sustainable domestic funding for SRHR, which is particularly critical in middle income countries which are phasing out from international aid. The primary health care emphasis of recent debates on UHC is of special interest as it includes service provision at the community level, particularly in remote and deprived areas where usually people are left behind.