Global coalition marks first ever Universal Health Coverage Day

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) today joins more than 500 global partners in marking the inaugural Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day.

Acting AHHA Chief Executive Andrew McAuliffe said the strong support for the campaign demonstrates the significance of UHC Day, which takes place on the anniversary of the United Nations 2012 decision to unanimously endorse universal health coverage.

“The AHHA shares the principals of UHC Day in advocating for universal and accessible healthcare, and we hope to help spread awareness of this campaign throughout Australia,” Mr McAuliffe said.

“We believe that sharing best practice information and knowledge will play an essential part in achieving this goal and, as such, the AHHA can play a valuable role in promoting more equitable and efficient healthcare delivery, not just in Australia but around the world.

“The campaign states that ‘every person, everywhere’ should have access to quality healthcare and, with many barriers to care still existing in Australia, there is clearly much work to be done.”

The UHC Day coalition is calling for universal health coverage to be a cornerstone of the sustainable development agenda and a priority for all nations.

For more information on the campaign—which is being led by the Rockefeller Foundation, the WHO, the World Bank Group and other organisations—visit http://www.universalhealthcoverageday.org.