Stories of change: countries making progress towards universal health coverage

Ministry of Health, Slovenia

A nurse checking the blood pressure of an elderly man at an open-house event at a community health centre in Slovenia.

World leaders yesterday committed to scale up efforts in the pursuit of health for all by adopting a United Nations political declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). Through this, United Nations Member States have pledged to invest in mechanisms to ensure no one suffers financial hardship because they have had to pay for health care out of their own pockets, and to implement high-impact health interventions to combat diseases and protect women’s and children’s health.

The declaration was adopted on 23 September 2019, at the high-level meeting on UHC at the United Nations General Assembly.

To mark this occasion, we look at a few stories from the WHO European Region, that demonstrate how health systems are getting stronger and providing accessible, quality services.