The Save the Children Fund

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Meeting: 
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
- Preparation for the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on universal health coverage
Statement: 

The High-level meeting is a unique opportunity to spur action needed to drive progress on UHC. We encourage governments & partners to make sure it’s a transformational moment. Governments have the responsibility to ensure their citizens have access to essential quality healthcare free at the point of use, prioritising those left furthest behind. We commend countries that are making progress on UHC. But we are concerned that half the world’s population lack access to essential services & increasing numbers face catastrophic out-of-pocket health payments. Our projections show that in 2030, 1.2billion people will spend at least 10% of their household budget on healthcare & 282million will spend 25%.
We are also concerned by recent opposition to guaranteeing women & girl’s comprehensive sexual & reproductive health & rights. Save the Children has therefore signed onto the Global Call to Action for the full recognition & inclusion of comprehensive SRHR in UHC.
We call on Member states to:
-Ensure high-level engagement at the HLM & announce concrete actions on UHC, including increasing public investment in primary health care to at least 5% of GDP and raising revenue equitably through progressive taxation
-Endorse a WHA resolution and HLM Political Declaration that include bold commitments on increasing investment, ensuring services free at the point of use, equitable access, integration of nutrition interventions, and strong accountability
-Champion and invest in guaranteeing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, as part of UHC
We call on WHO, development partners and donors to:
-Ensure their aid and support to countries is transformative, helping to strengthen health systems and domestic fiscal space for health and nutrition
-Support national and global accountability, including through UHC2030 and national civil society engagement
-Support nationally driven UHC plans and stop the fragmentation that aid can cause