Towards Universal Health Coverage: Tackling the Health Financing Crisis to End Poverty

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a foundational investment in human capital to drive sustainable, inclusive economic growth. Yet, half the world’s population still does not have access to quality health services, while 100 million people are forced into extreme poverty every year due to health expenses. This represents a crisis in health financing, which not only impedes progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for health, but also holds back progress on the central SDG goal of ending poverty by 2030.

At a flagship event, co-hosted in partnership with the Government of Japan and the World Health Organization, leaders from around the world discussed how countries are pursuing reforms and investments, building political commitment and going beyond business as usual to ensure that all people receive needed quality health services without financial hardship.

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Former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on October 24, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Former President, World Bank Group

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of State for Financial Services, Japan

Director-General, World Health Organization

Kersti Kaljulaid, President, Republic of Estonia

President, Republic of Estonia

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Papua New Guinea

Minister of Finance, Egypt

Minister of Finance, Guatemala

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Minister of Finance, Democratic Republic of Congo

Professor of International Health Policy, Harvard University

Director of Communications, Sustainia; and Former CNN Anchor

Michelle Bachele

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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