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WHO, European Commission Sign Next Phase Of UHC Partnership Program For 2019-2022

World Health Organization: Alongside European Development Days, WHO and the European Commission reinforce cooperation to help countries move towards universal health coverage
“WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed the next phase of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) partnership program for 2019-2022, worth €123.75 million (US$135 million), on 18 June 2019. During the signing ceremony, Dr. Tedros recognized the importance of primary health care ‘as a cornerstone of universal health coverage’ and added that ‘WHO has no higher priority than universal health coverage … It not only improves health, it also helps to reduce poverty, drive inclusive economic growth, and advance gender equality.’ Commissioner Mimica commented, ‘We will not reach our objectives on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 just by tackling specific diseases, we need a more comprehensive outlook and to make sure that the overall health system gets the financing it needs’…” (6/26).