Global Health Community Toasts UHC Movement

 {Photo credit: UHC2030}Nana Taona Kuo, Senior Health Adviser, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General (Right), and Dr. Akihito Watabe, Health Financing Officer, Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization.Photo credit: UHC2030

 

On September 23, Management Sciences for Health, UHC2030, and the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) held a “Toast to the UHC Movement” on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

[Professor Keizo Takemi, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for UHC, opened the reception. Photo credit: UHC2030]Professor Keizo Takemi, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for UHC, opened the reception. Photo credit: UHC2030

[Ms. Vidhya Ganesh, Deputy Director, Programme Division, UNICEF, gives a toast to the Alma Ata Declaration. Photo credit: UHC2030]Ms. Vidhya Ganesh, Deputy Director, Programme Division, UNICEF, gives a toast to the Alma Ata Declaration. Photo credit: UHC2030 

The event featured celebratory toasts by high-level partners of UHC2030, including the country of Japan, UNICEF, the World Bank, the European Commission, the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, and members of civil society.

[Dr. Muhammad Pate, Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank, toasts to the inclusion of Universal Health Coverage in the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo credit: UHC2030]Dr. Muhammad Pate, Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank, toasts to the inclusion of Universal Health Coverage in the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo credit: UHC2030

The reception, held at the Millennium Hilton in New York City, celebrated key moments on the road leading up to the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC, including the Alma Ata Declaration, the inclusion of UHC in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the creation of International UHC Day.

[Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director of WACI Health, Kenya, UHC2030 Steering Committee representative and CSEM Advisory Group member. Photo credit: UHC2030]Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director of WACI Health, Kenya, UHC2030 Steering Committee representative and CSEM Advisory Group member. Photo credit: UHC2030

 

Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate key achievements while also pursuing the “Unify Art for UHC: Art Exhibit on Key Asks from the UHC Movement” and taking part in the UHC photo booth.

The path to a political declaration on UHC was not an easy one. UHC champions have been promoting and supporting this UHC movement both politically and financially, but we need more supporters to maintain the political momentum and—most important—to build strong country systems for achieving health for all.