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Developing Countries: Health Services

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 169906, tabled on 3 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will use its position at international fora such as the World Health Organisation to champion healthcare policies on universal health coverage.

Answered on

10 September 2018

Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and Global Goal 3 is a UK priority. DFID and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which leads on our relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO), work closely to promote the steps to achieve UHC internationally. At the 2018 World Health Assembly, the previous Secretary of State for Health and Social Care stressed the importance of universal access to basic healthcare. We supported the WHO’s thirteenth General Programme of Work and its strong focus on UHC. We are promoting UHC through international forums such as the G7 and G20 to ensure greater collective action is agreed at the 2019 UN High-Level Meeting on UHC.