Universal Health Coverage Day 2023

12 December 2023 | Health For All: Time for Action


The right to quality health services and financial protection is universal. This #UHCDay, we call on leaders to take immediate steps to achieve #HealthForAll by 2030. The time for action is now!

Even if UHC Day is over you can still take act : use the #UHCDay advocacy template letter to call your decision makers and government officials to accelerate action on UHC in your country.

Find all the resources here 🔗 https://universalhealthcoverageday.org/advocacy-letter/

CSEM UHC Day Side Event

With #UHCDay 2023 just around the corner, the CSEM team was pleased to invite you for an online civil-society led UHC Day side event ➡️ “From Commitment to Accountability: Tracking Commitments to Accelerate Progress for Universal health Coverage” on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 – 12:00pm to 1:15pm GMT.

Thank you to all who join us online for the to kick-of the UHC Day momentum! Please find the recording, and more information on the content shared during the session on the website page here.

CSEM’s Champions for UHC

It is time to get progress towards health for all back on track!

The United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, held on 21 September 2023, reaffirmed that healthy people are the foundation of healthy societies and economies, and that UHC is central to achieving all of the Sustainable Development Goals.

And yet:

  • Half of the world’s population does not have access to essential health services.
  • An estimated 2 billion people face financial hardship due to out-of-pocket health expenses, including 344 million people living in extreme poverty.
  • Since the launch of the SDGs in 2015 – even before the COVID-19 pandemic – the expansion of health service coverage had stalled and financial protection had deteriorated.

Now more than ever, we need your voice to tell our leaders to keep their commitments to universal health coverage.

It’s time for action.

2023 Subthemes

What now?

Keep using the UHC Day toolkit to spread awareness about the urgent need for UHC

Write a letter to your representative in Parliament urging them to invest in policies and programs to accelerate progress towards UHC

Subscribe to the UHC Day Substack to receive UHC updates and details about key events taking place in 2024


(NEW) State of UHC Commitment Report 2023

The State of Commitment to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) brings a unique multi-stakeholder view to a simple question: Are countries acting on their commitments to UHC?

A combination of country profiles and a synthesis report, The State of UHC Commitment is a political, country-focused and action-oriented tool that complements the more technical and global WHO UHC monitoring report focusing on UHC indicators on service coverage and financial protection. See more here. 

Country Profiles – UHC Data Portal

UHC2030 updated  the UHC Data Portal to add new country profiles (progress dashboard) based on the State of UHC Commitment review in 2021 and 2022, which provides data sets and data visualization on health systems and the state of UHC commitment in 139 countries.

2023 Political Declaration on UHC: CSEM comprehensive analysis and briefing note

As part of the High-level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Heath Coverage (UHC) follow-up, the CSEM is pleased to share advocacy tools related to the outcomes of the 2023 Political Declaration on UHC to empower CSOs in driving the implementation of the HLM commitments in countries and hold governments accountable. Learn more. 

Tracking universal health coverage: 2023 Global Monitoring Report (GMR)

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.

The GMR tracks two SDG UHC indicators: 8.1, which captures the service coverage dimension of UHC (measured using the Service Coverage Index (SCI)); and 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). The 2023 GMR shows a disturbing trend of stagnation in the progress towards UHC with nearly 4.5 billion people not covered by essential health services and 2 billion people suffering financial hardship due to out-ofpocket health expenditure. You can access the full report here.

In response to the GMR, the CSEM published a Civil Society Commentary to highlight civil society perspectives on progress toward UHC and call to action for governments.The Civil Society Commentary is available here.

Civil Society Perspectives on Reaching Universal Health Coverage

The CSEM led 37 civil society consultations across 43 countries as part of the multi-stakeholder State of the UHC Commitment Review. The Review is a political, country-focused and action-oriented tool that complements the more technical and global UHC monitoring report. The consultations captured stories, lived experiences, and perspectives of civil society and communities that show the real progress made toward UHC implementation at the country level. Learn more.

Toward a WHA Resolution on social participation

Under the leadership of Thailand and Slovenia, a Core Group of countries is pursuing a resolution on institutionalizing social participation for health and well-being at the WHO Executive Board (EB154) and the World Health Assembly (WHA77). Institutionalizing social participation is crucial for ensuring that health policies and services are responsive to community needs and leaving no one behind. The CSEM has developed an advocacy brief to guide civil society actions towards building support for the WHA resolution on social participation. The brief provides background information, key advocacy asks and identifies milestones in the lead up to the WHA. Download the Advocacy Brief here.