Is universal health coverage working for women and girls?

In September 2019, world leaders endorsed an ambitious and comprehensive political declaration on health at the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Some of the commitments that the UHC movement has focused on include gender equality – in particular to ensure gender equality, redressing harmful gender power dynamics and ensuring women’s and girls’ rights are foundational principles in UHC. Read more about the State of UHC Commitment click here and more on their key targets, commitments, and actions from the UN High Level Meeting on UHC in 2019 are accessible here.

In the current Global Fund strategy for 2017-2022, there is commitment to support resilient and sustainable systems for health, and promoting and protecting human rights and gender equality – two critical foundations of universal health coverage. You can read more about why UHC is important to the Global Fund https://www.theglobalfund.org/media/5913/publication_universalhealthcoverage_focuson_en.pdf. “Without universal access to quality health care, millions of people die unnecessarily every year, and preventable diseases including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria continue to ravage families and communities. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3 of greater health and well-being for all, we must both end the epidemics and build stronger systems for health that can deliver universal health coverage.”

UHC2030 has just launched an online survey primarily for civil society and community in country to reflect and contribute feedback, stories, evidence, and materials that tell the real story of health care at country level which could be used in the State of UHC Commitment Report that UHC2030 is working on.

Many countries are taking real and measurable steps forward to achieve UHC. To better understand these global and country commitments, ensuing in this survey to produce a multi-stakeholder review called the ‘State of UHC Commitment’ with hard data about how governments are delivering on their commitment to UHC. This survey is seeking responses from organizations working towards UHC and aims to:

  • Gain insight into progress towards UHC at country and community levels through collecting the experiences of non-government actors, especially civil society and private sector
  • Ensure that UHC2030’s State of UHC commitment review reflects the reality of UHC in communities

As W4GF Advocates, how committed is your country? Your experiences matter and should be heard to hold leaders accountable.

Please complete the survey here and share the material so that the community voices of women are heard.

The deadline to complete the survey is September 10, 2020.

The UHC Survey 2020 Dissemination Toolkit is available here in English, French and Spanish.