12.12.14 is Universal Health Coverage Day
The United Nations has endorsed the first ever universal health coverage (UHC) day (http://www.universalhealthcoverageday.org/en/) on December 12th. ThinkWell believes strongly in UHC and is engaged in various research and implementation projects to support countries who are working toward UHC.
Funded by the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO EMRO), ThinkWell conducted research and analysis to identify bottlenecks to achieving universal health coverage in selected countries from the region. To that end, we developed a comprehensive framework to evaluate bottlenecks of UHC and applied it to three North African/Middle Eastern countries. In the course of its analysis, ThinkWell found that culture and values are particularly critical components to achieving UHC, in addition to the more traditional components including political, fiscal and historical. Our framework provides a means to analyze and understand these components, especially drawing attention to cultural elements.