Political Leadership Critical To Achieving UHC, WHO Director General Says
BMJ Opinion: Tedros Ghebreyesus: Health is a political choice
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus discusses the importance of political leadership in addressing global health, including noncommunicable diseases, writing, “All people, regardless of who they are or where they live, must be able to access high quality essential health services, without suffering financial hardship. These three ideas — access to health services, with financial protection, equally for all — are the essence of universal health coverage. … Many G20 and G7 countries are the standard bearers for universal health coverage with decades of experience under their belts, while others are at the vanguard of a new wave of countries that are making bold strides towards it. Together, these countries are uniquely positioned to provide strong leadership for others to follow, and to demonstrate that health is a political choice that all countries can make.” This post was first published in Health: A Political Choice (7/12).