Health and wellbeing should be equitable and accessible to all without financial hardship. Health Systems Global (HSG) stands behind this principle and is committed to supporting the goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.
The UHC index, which measures from 0 (worst) to 100 (best), based on the average coverage of essential services including reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and service capacity and access has not changed since 2019. In fact, improvements to health service coverage have declined since 2015.
The foundation of UHC is Primary Health Care, which allows the building of resilient and equitable health systems. An important step towards UHC is understanding the complex relationships and interactions that are needed to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes. This requires research and learning on how health systems around the world are organized, funded and implemented. HSG is already invested in these efforts through its involvement in advocating for UHC through its collaboration with the UHC2030 movement. We’re calling for greater investment to strengthen local research capacity, improve the production and adoption of evidence-informed policies and to strengthen accountability for UHC.
The work we do through HSG supports our global member base to generate health policy and systems research (HPSR), promote evidence-informed decision-making, drives policy advocacy and strengthens capacity for HPSR. As a membership Society that drives networking, collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach, HSG contributes to accelerating UHC.
HSG can connect the dots and provide a network of individuals and organisations engaging in current debates, sharing lessons and setting the agenda that will drive long-term sustainable change to health systems. The use of these networks to create research and evidence to inform change is needed, and the use of facts to drive policy change in many countries is required if we are to move forwards.
As we mark UHC day, our commitment to fostering health systems’ growth and development is stronger than ever. This, combined with our vibrant global community of members comprised of researchers, policymakers, health care managers, educators, civil society, the media, and donors positions HSG as a pivotal player in advocating for UHC and the 2023 UHC Political Declaration. We build stronger partnerships for health research and development to achieve evidence-based decisions to improve UHC.