Parliaments are being urged to take “all legal and policy measures to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030”, following a resolution adopted by the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Belgrade, Serbia.
The resolution aims to accelerate progress towards UHC for up to 5 billion people who currently lack access to essential health services and highlights the importance of ensuring strong primary health care, the provision of essential services at community level, and strengthening health systems.
The resolution also includes a strong focus on the health of women, children and adolescents, including sexual and reproductive health.
It ends with a call on the World Health Organisation to work with the IPU and other partners to support the implementation of the resolution at global, regional and country levels and to monitor progress.
The adoption of the resolution comes just weeks after heads of state agreed a high-level United Nations political declaration on UHC in New York.
“Universal health coverage is a political choice. Last month, the world’s leaders signalled their readiness to make that choice. Now, it’s time to turn those commitments into health results,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.