Universal health coverage

Together on the road to universal health coverage

A call to action


Cover of report

Publication details

Number of pages: 28
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English



Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is central to achieving better health and well-being for all people at all ages. It delivers disease prevention, health promotion, and treatment for communicable and noncommunicable diseases alike, while ensuring that individuals are not driven into poverty because of high costs.

UHC is not an end in itself: its goal is to improve the chances of every person attaining the highest level of health and well-being and contributing to socioeconomic and sustainable development. Attaining UHC is thus essential to every nation’s economic productivity, health security, social stability – and to every individual’s well-being, security, and productivity.