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World Health Day: for a universal health coverage

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Since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated every April 7 to raise awareness about an issue related to international health. This year, the theme chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) is Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and its objective is to promote health for everyone and anywhere.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the maximum degree of health that can be achieved and this has been their vision throughout their more than seven decades of history. So what will WHO do in 2018? To support this initiative, it will ask world leaders to commit themselves to taking concrete measures to promote universal health. This is to guarantee that everyone can have access to essential and quality health services, without having financial difficulties.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) consists of guaranteeing that everyone have access to essential and quality health services, without having financial difficulties.

Having to choose between enjoying good health or other basic needs, such as food, drink, education, etc.? Unfortunately, to this day, it is a reality in some parts of the world. However, steps of great importance are being taken in order to put an end to this situation. Not only with economic endowments and material resources, but also through the development of a permanent work of motivation, inspiration and guidance of the population in this matter.

The CSU (Universal Health Coverage) is essential for health and well-being of people and nations. And it’s viable! Many countries have already made great progress. And everyone can do something in favor of this work. In this sense, political involvement is of vital importance and the main asset which can contribute to achieve the goal. The commitment of social institutions, media, civil society, individuals, health professionals, etc., is also a key.

It is necessary to move from health systems conceived around diseases and institutions, to health systems conceived around, by and for people.

For health services to be universal, it is necessary to move from health systems conceived around diseases and institutions, to health systems conceived around, by and for people, since they are the final beneficiaries of health services and of the improvements and the advances that we can achieve.

The importance of achieving CSU and health for all resides in the attainment of other goals related to health that are much broader. Access to essential and essential care and to the financial protection of the states not only improves people’s health and their life expectancy, but also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger; creates jobs, boosts economic growth and promotes gender equality.

We can achieve universal health for all, without discrimination and without anyone being excluded. All people, anywhere in the world, have the right to benefit from the health services they need, without being immersed in poverty when they use them. We can all collaborate! Simply, do not forget it in your day to day.

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Julio Belda, medical director at Abengoa.

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