From April 5 - 11, we celebrated World Health Worker Week! Harnessing the power of health workers is critical to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in communities around the world. Strong community health systems offer a cost-effective solution to achieve UHC that extends care access to vulnerable populations at the last mile.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we see how diseases in communities in China, Italy, the United States and elsewhere affect the health of communities in Kenya, Liberia and other countries around the globe. We are all fighting the same virus, despite where we are located geographically.
Community health is global.
Photo credits include Living Goods, Cindy Shiner/MSH, Amref and private individuals.
WHO WE ARE
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 leverage political commitments for UHC by promoting community health and its champions from the global to sub-national level, and to track in-country financial commitments to UHC and community health.
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.