In 2019, the Political Declaration for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) was unanimously adopted by member states at the UN General Assembly. Member states committed to the scale-up of competent, skilled, and motivated health workers, including CHWs. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how much the health of our communities is connected and that the commitment to achieve UHC is more vital than ever. Community health systems - a network of actors and resources connecting communities to health care - are critical to achieving this goal. Investments in strong community health systems are needed not only to bolster the response to COVID-19, but to achieve UHC and stop future pandemics.
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.
Throughout 2021, the campaign will work to ensure that community health is a politically and financially supported priority at the national and global level and incorporated into long term, government-led strategies. Community health advocates need to leverage existing government commitments to UHC and public statements made by political leaders to hold them accountable and work together to advocate for public disclosures of health expenditures.
Campaign Goal: To build and leverage political and financial commitment for community health within the UHC movement from the global to sub-national level
Budget Advocacy for Community Health
Elevate Community Health at Events and Forums
Raise Community Health Worker Voices
Community Health Worker Inclusion in COVID-19 Response