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Call for inputs: Policy Brief Universal Health Coverage

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16 May 2023


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Purpose: To inform the development of OHCHR’s policy brief on a human rights-based approach to universal health coverage (UHC).


In light of United Nations Member States’ commitment to ensuring universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030 to ensure that all people have access to essential health services without suffering financial hardship,  OHCHR is developing a policy brief that will provide guidance on implementation of UHC that is consistent with legally binding human rights norms, including the right to health and the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

Key questions asked:

The policy brief aims to include good practice case studies to exemplify how States use human rights principles to conceptualize, design, implement and monitor and evaluate UHC. Contributions should aim to highlight one or more of the following:

  1. UHC policies and programs that explicitly prioritize health care access and financial protection for populations that are most left behind.
  2. UHC packages that were determined based on human rights principles and the right to health.
  3. Proactively and progressively increasing resources available for health services.
  4. Removing non-financial barriers to health services.
  5. Ensuring an inclusive, transparent, and accountable process.
  6. Addressing the needs of specific populations.

Please see the Call for inputs for further details here (English, French, Spanish)

Inputs Received