World Health Day April 7: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere


7th April 2018 World Health Day - Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere 

Psychologists say Universal health coverage (UHC) is vital as access to good quality and affordable healthcare is key to people’s health and wellbeing 

April 7 is World Health Day and according to the World Health Organisation at least half the world’s population is currently unable to obtain essential health services. Over 800 million people (almost 12 percent of the world’s population) spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or other family member. They incur so-called “catastrophic expenditures”.

Jo Hart from the EFPA Standing Committee on Psychology and Health and Chair of the BPS Division of Health Psychology said: ‘It’s unacceptable that so many people in the world either have no access to healthcare due to poverty or face destitution if they need to pay for treatment. No one should have to choose between good health and other life necessities.’  At the same time we should recognise the enormous achievements over the past decades where so many children have been lifted out of poverty and child mortality has fallen to its lowest level ever - Gapminder