Universal health coverage protects everyone

December 12 marks the International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. This year’s theme ghana“protect everyone” cannot be more relevant amidst the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

UHC and preparedness are two sides of the same coin   

UHC is the frontline defense for picking up and responding to unusual illnesses in communities, building trust in health systems, and safeguarding the continuity of essential health services  for everyone without impoverishing cost to households.  

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The World Bank Group Mounts the Fastest and Largest Health Crisis Response in its History to Save Lives from COVID-19

It’s seven o’clock in the morning in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Dr. Haba Eveline arrives at guineathe COVID-19 Treatment Center. As soon as she enters, she washes her hands before starting her daily shift. A mother of five, she leads the Risk Management Unit which is now open 24/7.

She is one of the frontline health workers helping her country fight the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. “As a doctor, I am a fighter and I am proud to bring my experience to the response against this pandemic,” she said.

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