Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.
“Health is a fundamental human right”
Primary Health Care (PHC) focuses on Universal health coverage (UHC) as a solution for change- to ensure that all people and communities receive the health care they need, without suffering financial hardship.
Primary health care is a whole-of-society approach to health and well-being centred on the needs and preferences of individuals, families and communities. It addresses the broader determinants of health and focuses on the comprehensive and interrelated aspects of physical, mental and social health and wellbeing.
Why is Primary Health Care Important?
Renewing primary health care and placing it at the centre of efforts to improve health and wellbeing are critical for three reasons:
1. Primary health care is well-positioned to respond to rapid economic, technological, and demographic changes, all of which impact health and well-being.
2. Primary health care has been proven to be a highly effective and efficient way to address the main causes and risks of poor health and well-being today, as well as handling the emerging challenges that threaten health and well-being tomorrow.
3. Stronger primary health care is essential to achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage.
Components of Primary Health Care
We work according to the Primary Health Care concept, which understands health as a combination of physical, mental and social-emotional wellbeing.
This model also recognizes that the health status of a population is heavily dependent on underlying conditions like a good supply of nutritious food, access to clean drinking water, and sanitation – among other things.
That is why the comprehensive Primary Health Care approach taken by our programs seeks to integrate measures designed to improve these conditions wherever possible.