When the global community renewed its commitment to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), we made a promise to secure health access for all and to prioritize hard-to-reach populations. Community health programs are critical to achieving this goal. To deliver optimal outcomes, community health programming must be integrated into national health systems, be financially sustainable and rooted in quality. Our vision is recognition and commitment to community health programs across the UHC agenda.
Communities at the Heart of UHC is a multiyear global campaign working to generate high-level political will and commitment for including and prioritizing quality community health programs that are financially sustainable and integrated in national health systems as part of national and global UHC strategies.
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We believe that communities are at the heart of Universal Health Coverage and support efforts to strengthen the primary health care system beyond the facility level to increase access to quality health care and services for the hardest-to-reach communities.
On September 23, United Nations Member States adopted the Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) . This is a significant landmark for global health advocates as the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Read more here.
Upskilling Critical for Sustainable
While many African countries have successfully expanded the numbers of their community health workers (CHWs), and the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed guidelines for educating health professionals, there is almost a neglect of CHW incentives and career pathways. Unless we change this and develop transformational guidelines for their education, we will not have the proper skills mix and a fit-for-purpose health workforce. Read full blog here.
WHO WE ARE
Amref Health Africa, Aspen Management Partnership for Health, Financing Alliance for Health, the International Rescue Committee, Last Mile Health and Living Goods work together to elevate the visibility of community health within the UHC space. These groups are part of the larger movement of key organizations, including UHC2030, donors and country leaders, working to increase the dialogue on community health programs globally and advocate for funding through domestic resources and foreign assistance.