16 September 2016

Communiqué includes the importance of UHC

G7 Health Ministers reaffirm their support for UHC

The G7 Health Ministers and global health leaders are once again giving prominent support to universal health coverage (UHC) and the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030, bringing hope of better health and protection for the world’s poorest people.

The G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Meeting took place on 11 and 12 September 2016 and is part of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.

The communiqué from the meeting covers a broad health agenda, such as public health emergencies, universal health coverage, population ageing, antimicrobial resistance, research and development.

One of highlights of the communiqué includes the importance of UHC and recognises the significant role that the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030 has to play. It states:

“We also welcome the launch of the International Health Partnership (IHP) for UHC 2030 in June 2016 as the platform to coordinate and consolidate global efforts towards UHC. We will foster the further development of the IHP for UHC 2030 with appropriate support of initiatives such as the Roadmap Healthy Systems, Healthy Lives, which suggests a holistic concept for health systems strengthening.”

Globally, there has been a call for better coordination on the closely interrelated issues of health systems strengthening for UHC and health security. IHP+ is widely seen as an excellent choice for taking this global UHC movement forward and its signatories have decided to broaden the scope and membership to become a health system platform for UHC.

Note: Participants at the Kobe Health Ministers Meeting included the Health Ministers of Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand and heads and senior representatives from the World Bank, WHO and other UN organisations.

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