World Health Day, 7 April

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Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community. Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world.

But millions of people still have no access at all to health care. Millions more are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home.

This is why WHO is focusing on universal health coverage for this year’s World Health Day, on 7 April.

Communication materials have been made available and the campaign day aims to help people better understand what universal health coverage means – what services and support should be available and where. WHO visual materials help people who have access to quality, affordable health care to understand what life is like for people without it and to advocate for equal access to care, everywhere.

Health care workers and ministries have a particular role to play.