Universal Health Care

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The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Policy Lab features articles and resources underlining the value of achieving sustainable health outcomes by providing affordable and equal access to health care for all. Resources include information on international policies, health systems strengthening, financing issues, and case studies of existing universal health care systems. The purpose of the UHC lab is to highlight alliances, and to provide tools for stakeholders working in UHC.

Underscoring the UN Declaration of Human Rights’ assertion that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family,” the Pacific Health Summit seeks to contribute to the global aim of universal health coverage by convening action oriented meetings on targeted issues in UHC. At the 2010 and 2011 Summits, key leaders were assembled in targeted workshops to examine the beneficial role UHC has to play in issues of maternal and newborn health, and immunization.

Key Meetings


  • Universal Health Coverage and Immunization: Mutual Reinforcement for a Healthier World
    This report outlines key themes and outcomes on the synergies between the universal health coverage movement and the global push for wider immunization coverage around the globe. The discussion took place at a workshop held at the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines.
  • Universal Health Coverage: Discussion highlights from a 2010 Pacific Health Summit workshop
    Entitled “UHC: A Sine Qua Non for Improved and Sustained Maternal and Newborn Health?” this workshop examined current efforts to implement UHC through the lens of MNH, with an emphasis on financing issues. Based on participants’ contributions, this document focuses on the status of UHC in select countries, the ideological vs. technical approach to UHC, financing and donor challenges, private sector engagement, and evidence regarding UHC’s impact on health outcomes.
  • Integrating Immunization: Ensuring a Holistic Approach Through Stronger Health Systems
    This document, a background reading for a UHC workshop at the 2011 Pacific Health Summit on vaccines, discusses the role health systems strengthening (HSS) has to play in providing immunization access to all. Six essential building blocks for HSS are highlighted: service delivery, human resources for health, leadership and governance, health financing, information, and medicines, vaccines, and technologies. It also previews coming challenges for health systems as they are forced to accommodate a host of new vaccines by 2020.

Online Resources

UHC Resource Page

An online UHC resource page, which provides an archive of information and international resources on issues pertaining to UHC, with links to important organizational and literature websites, reports, financing issues, and case studies.

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