The World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) have committed $24 Billion to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa, ahead of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI).
Palliative care is a core component of UHC and thus part of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
According to the World Health Organization: “Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them.
“The full spectrum of essential, quality health services should be covered including health promotion, prevention and treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.”
It is important that hospice and palliative care providers make the link between palliative care and UHC clear in funding proposals, so that they do not miss out on funds that have been earmarked for services they provide.
At the meeting, the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), together with the government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Global Fund, and the African Development Bank also launched UHC in Africa: A Framework for Action, a report that sets out the need for investing in UHC, and identifies key areas to target efforts for improvement.
To find out more about palliative care and UHC, download the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance Report: Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Do not leave those suffering behind.
Read more about TICAD-VI online.