Universal health coverage is defined as a situation where all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without undue financial hardship. However, at least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services, and over 800 million people spend at least 10 per cent of their household budgets to pay for health.

Moving towards Universal Health Coverage requires strengthening health systems in all countries to meet the needs of the population.

With the Outbreak of the COVID 19 Pandemic, health systems from all regions of the world have been stretched and in many countries overwhelmed. The impact of the pandemic therefore risks rolling back gains made towards Universal Health Coverage.

The Panel discussion will focus on how countries can cope with the shock of this crisis, continue to provide services, and return to normal functioning once the crisis settles.

The Panelists will suggest approaches that can be taken by health systems globally to become resilient and continue commitments towards Universal Health Coverage

(Vigilance, responsiveness, adaptability, population centred and equitable.)