In the article, published on September 7 in the renowned medical journal The Lancet, the authors maintain that Universal health coverage (UHC) is increasingly seen by global civil society as a key component of the framework for sustainable development after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and of shaping the kinds of system that promote equity, access, and human rights.
In the article, entitled “Civil Society Organisations and Universal Health Care,” Julia Ravenscroft, (Action for Global Health - Plan EU) and Liliana Marcos (Spanish Federation of Family Planning) remind us that the European network Action for Global Health, together with other international organisations, recently launched a civil society call for UHC1—a movement that is gaining momentum with signatories from four continents acting together to demand that there is greater political support.
The authors believe that community systems strengthening and community mobilisation are crucial for ensuring that UHC works equally for the general population as well as for poor and marginalised groups.
This campaign follows increasingly successful examples of civil society UHC movements in middle-income and lower-income countries. In South Africa, for instance, the public interest law organisation SECTION27 is arguing for better quality and more affordable public and private health systems as an integral step towards the creation of a national health insurance system.
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