[In this op-ed, Amanda Folsom, a senior program director at R4D, joins Rozita Halina Tun Hussein and Dr. Somil Nagpal in exploring five insights country members of the Joint Learning Network have learned in their efforts to advance universal health coverage.]
The inclusion of health for all and financial protection in the Sustainable Development Goals was a watershed moment for the movement to advance universal health coverage.
Global support has spurred remarkable progress, with more countries than ever pursuing UHC. However, it is no easy feat to design and implement the reforms needed to make UHC possible, and it’s a formidable goal for a country at any income level.
But, for 27 predominantly low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America working toward or improving UHC, full access to essential health services may soon become a reality for their citizens — nearly 3 billion people.
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