Islamabad, 24 December 2022 (TDI): The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of National Health Services, Pakistan observed Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day 2022.

The day aimed to promote awareness of the essential need for Universal Health Coverage. Moreover, it also promoted the need for strong, equitable, and resilient health systems.

The WHO representative in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, and the Minister of State for Health, Abdul Qadir Patel attended the event.

Dr. Palitha Mahipala stated that WHO is committed to supporting the Government of Pakistan fully in implementing its agenda to reach the aim of UHC by the year 2030. He added, regarding the UHC objective, Pakistan has made great advancements.

Theme of the Day

The day was celebrated under the theme of “Build the world we want: A healthy future for everyone.” It emphasizes the need for equity and trust in order to create powerful health systems, Environments that are healthy, investments, and accountability.

Additionally, it emphasizes children’s health so that they can study and adults can work to escape poverty. This might help achieve long-term economic growth.

Universal Health Coverage Day 2022

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously supported a resolution urging nations to advance toward universal health care on December 12. Following this, the world celebrates Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December.

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In addition, with universal health coverage, everyone will have access to high-quality medical care without having to worry about their financial situation.

From health promotion to palliative care and prevention, it encompasses high-quality healthcare services, treatments, and rehabilitation.

WHO in Pakistan

The World Health Organization has given the Pakistani government a wide range of technical support. It opened an office there in 1960.

This has primarily been done by enhancing health services, addressing public health concerns, and encouraging and funding health-related research.

In addition to this, As the leading health organization, WHO collaborates with numerous partners to assist the Pakistani government. It helps government achieve both Sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage.