On January 24, 2020, the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM) learned with profound sadness the news of the passing of Dr. Peter Salama of the World Health Organization (WHO). As the civil society constituency of the International Partnership for UHC2030 (UHC2030), the CSEM extends heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues at WHO and around the world. In his role as Executive Director of WHO’s Division for Universal Health Coverage – Life Course, Dr. Salama was a committed advocate for the CSEM’s mandate of “Leave No One Behind.”
“Dr. Salama was a hardworking man of exceptional integrity who contributed for many years, in many countries and regions of the world as a dedicated fighter for the rights of women and children. There are no words to explain the shock of losing such a selfless advocate for universal health coverage, at this crucial time, with only a decade to 2030 when we hope to have achieved UHC,” said Itai Rusike, CSEM Advisory Group Member. “However, we cherish the wisdom and value the exemplary leadership he showed. We can only hope that his family, friends, and colleagues will find comfort in the fact that we share in the loss.”
The CSEM is grateful to have walked with such a committed professional on the journey to UHC. His legacy will continue to inspire the work of many as we fight for Health For All. More about the work of Dr. Peter Salama here.