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Civil Society Commentary on the 2023 Global Monitoring Report (GMR)

The purpose of this commentary is to highlight civil society’s calls to action for governments based on the results of the 2023 GMR and civil society perspectives on progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). To enhance accountability and tracking of progress on the implementation of the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage 2019: “Universal health coverage: moving together to build a healthier world” and SDG 3.8, the CSEM and partners organized 37 civil society country- and regional-level consultations in 2021 and 2022 as part of the State of the UHC Commitment Review. 

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About the 2023 GMR

UHC means that all people have access to the quality health care they need without incurring financial hardship. To achieve UHC—a global target under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (target 3.8)- it is critical to monitor whether all people have equitable and affordable access to effective health services across countries and regions. At the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on UHC in 2019, member states set targets to progressively cover one billion additional people with quality essential health services by 2023, with a view of covering all people by 2030, and to stop the rise and reverse the trend of catastrophic out-of-pocket (OOP) health expenditures and eliminate impoverishment due to health-related expenses by 2030.

To track progress on UHC implementation, the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) is published bi-annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Please download the Global Monitoring report here. 

The GMR tracks two SDG UHC indicators:

  • 8.1, which captures the service coverage dimension of UHC (measured using the Service Coverage Index (SCI))
  • 8.2, which captures the population exposed to financial hardship due to OOP payments made when using health services (measured by catastrophic and impoverishing health spending)

SDG 3.8 reads, “Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.”


Recording of the Virtual Launch

Watch the recording of the virtual launch of the 2023 Global Monitoring report and of the Civil society Commentary on the GMR – held on September 20, 2023 by the WHO and the World Bank group.

“Too many left behind on the path of Universal Health Coverage: Launch of the 2023 UHC Global Monitoring Report”