Accelerating progress towards the goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 is an essential component of equitable, sustainable and resilient development. 60 per cent of all deaths are caused by chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, which disproportionately affect poor and marginalised communities with limited access to vital health services.
The prospect of the next pandemic, growing ageing populations, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and rapidly evolving technologies present new challenges and opportunities. Innovative ideas and solutions are being conceived and implemented to increase access to health services. However, mutual learning between those involved – governments, civil society, philanthropic organisations, tech companies and researchers from countries around the world – about what works is essential if we are to translate these efforts into changes at scale and meet the UHC ambition.