192 organisations from 51 countries have called on Prime Minister Abe, leader of the G7, to work to ensure the Ise-Shima G7 delivers a strong framework on Universal Health Coverage when it meets in May.
The letter, organised by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), was sent to the Prime Minister and his Sherpa on Monday 21st March, just prior to the Civil G7 meeting in Kyoto.
The letter calls on the Prime Minister to use his position to set an ambitious outcome on UHC to ensure that the first G7 since the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals is not just business as usual. The letter follows on a more detailed letter sent out to the G7 Sherpas in January prior to their first meeting under the Japanese Presidency.
The specific asks are:
- Endorse the principles of universal health coverage. Make an explicit commitment to the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health by supporting Universal Health Coverage.
- Universal Health Coverage must leave no one behind. Call for Universal Health Coverage to support equity and rights by focusing on the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, delivering comprehensive sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent primary health care services and ensuring services are provided free at point of use.
- Prevention is better than response. Support reform to the global health architecture with coherent proposals on health systems strengthening for UHC and health security.
- Increase aid to health. Call on G7 countries to contribute 0.1% of GNI to health, as part of 0.7% to ODA and, ensure that aid is aligned and supports national health systems.
PMNCH has put together a Social Media Toolkit for partners and allies to use to promote the issue of UHC and women’s, newborn’s, children’s and adolescent’s health:
PMNCH UHC Position Paper
The letter to Prime Minister Abe builds on the position paper prepared by PMNCH and its partners setting out recommendations to the G7 on UHC and women’s, newborn’s, children’s and adolescent’s health.
[Photo: Gavi Vaccination by Josh Estey, UNICEF]