Country Leadership, Globalism Vital To Achieving Universal Health Coverage
STAT: To achieve universal health care, we need country leadership and globalism
Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO
“…Both country leadership and globalism are needed to [achieve universal health coverage] … Universal health coverage is first and foremost a political choice for countries themselves to make. … There is no one-size-fits-all model of universal health coverage, and different countries will choose different services to support. … We need global leaders to highlight and benchmark best practices across geographies and across incomes, to secure political commitment, and to make the case for the resources needed, by showing where and how it has worked. We also need the international community to help countries tailor these best practices to fit their needs. Let’s use the opportunity … at the next United Nations General Assembly in September 2017 to make universal health coverage a reality” (7/21).