Essential Universal Health Coverage

Health systems have the objective to improve the health of the population and to distribute health efficiently and equitably, and to be responsive to the needs of the population. An effective health system is one that provides equitable access to affordable, high-quality health care – including treatment and curative services as well as health promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation services – to the entire population.[1]

Most countries lack health systems that meet this standard. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is an approach and an initiative that aims to meet this challenge.

Essential UHC (EUHC) is a set of priorities defined in DCP3 taking into account cost-effectiveness of health interventions to define the most essential packages of health services to include in the ambition to reach universal health coverage. A subset of interventions within EUHC is termed the highest-priority package, HPP. The aim is to fully implement the HPP interventions in low-income countries and additionally that many middle-income countries could strive to achieve full implementation of EUHC by the end of 2030, according to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

See also: Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Disease Control Priorities Project (DCPP).