ALERT – A Global Call for Rehabilitation on Universal Health Coverage Day

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This Saturday 12th of December is Universal Health Coverage Day [UHC], a day that will be celebrated around the globe . UHC is been promoted by the World Bank and WHO a major strategy for ensuring health for all  in the next 15 years. UHC has therefore become a major goal for health reform in many countries and a priority objective of WHO.

The aim of UHC is to:

“ensure that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services.”

Around 150 million people each year suffer severe financial hardship to access care and 100 million are pushed into poverty as a result. We also know  that while persons with disabilities are facing numerous barriers in accessing health, the financial barrier being amongst the major ones. This is why Handicap International has join the  a Global Coalition for UHC an initative launched by WHO on the 12th December 2014.

However, whilst the definition of UHC clearly includes rehabilitation, a group of 20 organisations working on rehabilitation has become concerned that there is very little discussion, promotion and inclusion of our services in the UHC agenda and tracer indicators that have been suggested do not include ones that will cover rehabilitation.

We develop together a statement expressing our concerns and caling for those working on UHC to:

  • Establish and recognize rehabilitation and assistive health technologies as a crucial component of universal health coverage and elaboration of a list of Priority Assistive Products (APL);
  • Include indicators for rehabilitation and assistive health technologies within the basic package of essential health services covered under UHC;
  • Include persons with disabilities in innovative health financing solutions that aim to achieve UHC, as they often face institutional barriers to participation in such protection measures

You can read the full statement here:

Rehabilitation statement UHC Day 2015