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Devex Interviews U.N. Officials About Leaving Nobody Behind On Road To UHC

Devex: Q&A: Unpacking UNICEF’s approach to UHC
“When crafting out an approach to tackle improved access to health care, it’s important to ensure nobody is left behind. According to Stefan Peterson, UNICEF’s chief of health and associate director of programs, this means the most disadvantaged of any country must be put front and center of any approach to achieving universal health coverage. … Sitting down with Devex, Peterson explained that the process of UHC begins with pregnancy and continues throughout a child’s life, discussing how UHC can be achieved in practice, and why, ultimately, it’s cost effective to focus on the most disadvantaged…” (Root, 10/17).

Devex: Q&A: Why UHC makes for a good investment
“…[T]here’s evidence to show that even in those countries where even basic health care is viewed as a luxury, systems can be implemented to ensure nobody is left behind on the road to good health and well-being. ‘What our analysis shows is that UHC is both technically and financially possible,’ Dr. Agnès Soucat, director of health systems, governance, and financing at WHO, told Devex. ‘This means that we know what kind of services make a difference in the lives of people and we know that some countries manage to deliver them, even at low levels of income’…” (10/16).

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