What is Universal Health Coverage?
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is the principle that everyone, everywhere should be able to access the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Global leaders have committed to achieve UHC by 2030, but the world is currently off track to meet this target. The reality is that today half of the world’s population do not have access to the good quality and rights-based services they need, including mental health support.
On Human Rights Day we launched a new Universal Health Coverage report that fully lays out the latest evidence on how critical it is to integrate mental health into the UHC agenda, and how the world can do this. Authored by United for Global Mental Health and Prof Shekhar Saxena and reviewed by a team of experts including Dr Githinji Gitahi, Dr Lola Kola and a number of Speak Your Mind partner organisations, the report outlines the significance of good quality, rights-based mental health support within the UHC agenda and how decision makers can ensure its full integration into UHC programmes.
Our launch event
To mark the launch of our report, on Thursday 10th December we co-hosted a special webinar with the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism of UHC2030 at 9am EST, 2pm UK, 7:30pm IST.
Speakers included Shekhar Saxena, former Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the WHO, Safi Malik, the Director General (Health) at the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination, Pakistan, Charlene Sunkel, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Mental Health Peer Network, Florence Temu, Country Director at Amref Health Africa Tanzania, and Champika Wickramasinghe, Deputy Director General, NCD, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.
The notes and recording from the webinar can be found here.