World Health Day: Health for All
This Saturday the World Health Organization is hosting an event that is near and dear to us at Culmore Clinic: World Health Day. World Health Day is about promoting Universal Health Care (UHC), ensuring that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. We at Culmore Clinic seek to do just that, offering compassionate and culturally-sensitive medical care, counseling, and specialty referrals to low-income adults at little to no cost in the Bailey’s Crossroads community.
“Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.”
The WHO defines Universal Health Care (UHC) as:
UHC means that all people and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.
UHC enables everyone to access the services that address the most important causes of disease and death and ensures that the quality of those services is good enough to improve the health of the people who receive them.
What UHC is not:
UHC does not mean free coverage for all possible health interventions, regardless of the cost, as no country can provide all services free of charge on a sustainable basis.
UHC is not only about ensuring a minimum package of health services, but also about ensuring a progressive expansion of coverage of health services and financial protection as more resources become available.
UHC is not only about medical treatment for individuals, but also includes services for whole populations such as public health campaigns – for example adding fluoride to water or controlling the breeding grounds of mosquitoes that carry viruses that can cause disease.
UHC is not just about health care and financing the health system of a country. It encompasses all components of the health system: systems and healthcare providers that deliver health services to people, health facilities and communications networks, health technologies, information systems, quality assurance mechanisms and governance and legislation.
To learn more about what Culmore Clinic is doing to promote UHC, please visit our website at http://culmoreclinic.org/ and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr!
To read more about World Health Day, please visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2018/en/