World Health Assembly passes resolutions on universal health coverage


  • Priscilla Lynch
  • Univadis Medical News
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Member States attending the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Assembly have agreed three resolutions on universal health coverage (UHC). They focus on primary healthcare, the role of community health workers and the September 2019 UN General Assembly high-level meeting on UHC.

The first resolution urges Member States to take measures to implement the Declaration of Astana, adopted at the 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care, which recognises the key role strong primary health care plays in ensuring countries can provide the full range of health services a person needs throughout their life.

The second resolution recognises the contribution made by community health workers in achieving universal health coverage, responding to health emergencies and promoting healthier populations. It urges countries and partners to use the WHO’s guideline on health policy and system support to optimise community health worker programmes, and to allocate adequate resources.

The final UHC resolution endorsed by Member States supports preparation for the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on UHC in September. The resolution calls on Member States to accelerate progress towards UHC with a focus on poor, vulnerable and marginalised individuals and groups.

The World Health Assembly is taking place from 20 to 28 May in Geneva, Switzerland.