Universal Health Coverage Day 2021

12 December 2021 | Leave No One’s Health Behind: Invest in Health Systems for All

Everyone, everywhere deserves access to quality essential health services without suffering financial hardship. Universal Health Coverage Day is the annual rallying point for advocates to raise their voices and share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, call on leaders to make smarter investments in health and remind the world about the imperative of universal health coverage (UHC).

CSEM Advisory Group Champions for UHC

Civil Society at the Virtual Rally for UHC

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Please see the UHC Day global heatmap to see 80+ events from around the world!

Leave no one’s health behind: How are we working together to build equitable and resilient health systems for all?

13 December 2021
01:0002:00pm CET | 12:0001:00pm GMT
Hosted by UHC2030 with PMNCH and the governments of Canada, France, Japan and UK

The pandemic has shown that countries – and the world – need to do better on both universal health coverage and health security. This UHC Day, let’s reiterate that health is an investment, not a cost. Strengthening health systems, with a focus on primary health care, is the most efficient, inclusive and sustainable way of accelerating progress towards universal health coverage and health security goals.

This event will bring together a group of donor countries and other partners to discuss their role in delivering the commitments made in the Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage and their specific contributions to building resilient and equitable health systems and ending preventable deaths. It will also will kick off a dialogue across UHC2030 stakeholders on: 

  • their approach to the challenge of ensuring efficient effective and equitable investments to achieve UHC; and
  • how to work better together to ensure more coherent action in international cooperation for the health sector, prioritising support to health systems strengthening, responding to the needs of communities, and achieving health for all.


 Continue UHC Conversations on Monday!

  • 13 Dec: Strengthening care systems to achieve equity
    1:00–2:30pm GMT

    Hosted by Rare Disease International (RDI) and CSEM, this event will discuss addressing healthcare inequities and achieving universal coverage for the 300 million persons living with a rare disease. Speakers will include UHC2030 Co-Chair Gabriela Cuevos Barron and RDI Executive Director Flaminia Macchia. >> Register
  • 13 Dec: Findings from the 2021 Global Monitoring Reports on Universal Health Coverage and Financial Protection in Health
    2:00–3:00pm GMT 

    The WHO and World Bank cordially invites you to the joint technical launch of the “Tracking Universal Coverage – 2021 Global Monitoring Report” and the “Global Monitoring Report on Financial Protection in Health 2021”. >> Register

From Rhetoric to Reality: Country Perspectives on Reaching Universal Health Coverage

15 December 2021
–02:00pm CET | 12:0001:00pm GMT
Hosted by CSEM, UHC2030, Africa Japan Forum, APCASO, Global Health Council, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), NCD Alliance, UNAIDS.

Join CSEM and civil society partners to discuss the results of nearly 20 focus groups with civil society and community representatives on the state of UHC commitments in their countries. 

This civil society-led event marking UHC Day 2021 will share the outcomes and recommendations from country consultations on UHC, and present key findings from the 2021 UHC2030 State of the UHC Commitment review. Speakers will include civil society and community advocates who participated in the focus group as well the UHC2030 Secretariat at WHO. Live interpretation in French, Spanish, and International Sign Language as well as captioning will be available.

The objectives of the event are:

  1. Share key findings and lessons learned from consultations with civil society and communities on progress made towards achieving UHC at the country level

  2. Highlight country examples of key challenges and gaps in achieving UHC, and understand how the State of the UHC Commitment data portals can be used to support accountability at the country level

  3. Begin to build momentum toward the 2023 High Level Meeting on UHC