Universal Health Coverage Day is a celebration that unites supporters of the movement to provide people with quality and affordable health care services. Did you know that half of the world’s population is not receiving adequate care? About 10% of people get into debt due to huge expenses.
The holiday was founded in 2017 by the UN General Assembly. 5 years earlier, on December 12, the organization called on governments to provide assistance in order to achieve greater coverage of health services. Today, the problems are especially urgent in countries with middle and low incomes, so the work continues not only on Universal Health Coverage Day, but all year round.
The Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic has revealed many problems even in those countries that were listed as successful in terms of medicine. The pandemic showed that modern medicine can falter in the face of virus threats – hospitals around the world could not cope with the influx of patients, there was an acute shortage of artificial respiration machines. Many people died who were not informed about the methods of treatment and prevention of the disease.
It is noteworthy that:
- international experts report that by 2023 about 3,1 billion people will not be able to receive quality medical services. One third of them will be concentrated in South Asia;
- more than 800 women die every day on the planet due to complications during childbirth;
- Malaria kills half the children in Zambia.
How to celebrate
People aren’t so much celebrating Universal Health Coverage Day as they are drawing attention to it. This applies not only to doctors, but also to various organizations, investors, business owners and ordinary people. Even a teacher who tells students about ways to deal with ailments automatically becomes a participant in the campaign. Check out the annual UN theme, study it and share information with others!
When is Universal Health Coverage Day celebrated in 2022?
Universal Health Coverage Day is observed on December 12 each year.