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International Universal Health Coverage Day

UHC Day 2020

The theme of UHC Day 2020 is ‘Health for all: protect everyone. To end this crisis and build a safer and healthier future, we must invest in health systems that protect us all — now’


On 12 December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care - as an essential priority for international development. On 12 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution 72/138.

UHC Day Campaign on 12 December 2020 will mark one year since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. UHC Day Campaign 2020 must remind the world that health for all is not a long-term wish, but an urgent priority to end this crisis and emerge stronger. Considering this global challenge that we are currently facing, the theme and primary narrative of campaigns this year will be: “HEALTH FOR ALL: PROTECT EVERYONE.

To end this crisis and build a safer and healthier future, we must invest in health systems that protect us all — now.” The choice is not between health security or UHC: strong, equitable systems grounded in primary health care and human rights are needed for both. It is critical not to wait until the crisis is past to accelerate political and financial commitments to achieve UHC. Instead, leaders must prioritize investments in strong, equitable health systems that protect everyone, respond to emergencies and leave no one behind in the future.

How to get involved

Visit the UHC Day campaign site and find out how you can take action to support UHC, both on December 12th and throughout the year. You can also learn about events organised by other partners around the world.


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International Universal Health Coverage Day

Date and time
Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:00 AM EDT
  • Campaign
Issue Area(s)
  • Adolescents/Youths
  • Child Health
  • Climate and Environment
  • Education
  • Gender Equity
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria
  • Human Trafficking
  • Humanitarian and Fragile Settings
  • Maternal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
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